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Tax reform bill approved by Senate committee

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Work to bring tax reform to Missouri took a step forward on Feb. 13 as a Senate committee approved a wide-ranging bill. The legislation passed by the Senate Ways and Means Committee would reduce the personal income tax rate paid by most Missourians from 6 percent to 5.25 percent. Further reductions to the personal income […]

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Senate gives first round approval to utility modernization bill

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The Missouri Senate has given first round approval to a bill that will help modernize the state’s utility infrastructure while hastening the passage of more than $100 million in federal tax savings to Missouri utility customers. Senate Bill 564 is sponsored by Sen. Ed Emery, a Republican from Lamar. The bill includes a provision that will […]

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House committee approves punitive damage reform bill

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A Missouri House committee has approved a bill to stop a costly trial attorney trick often used to drive up payouts from businesses. House Bill 2119, approved by the House Special Committee on Litigation Reform by a vote of 9-2, relates to punitive damages. Currently in Missouri, trial attorneys often use the threat of punitive […]

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Boosting Missouri’s workforce with computer science education bills

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Two similar Senate bills were jointly heard in committee on Feb. 6 that would improve and expand computer science education in Missouri. The legislation would require the state to develop computer science standards, create a certification for teaching computer science and establish a fund for teacher professional development. The legislation also seeks to encourage more […]

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Tying Jobless Benefits to the Unemployment Rate

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Legislation to tie Missouri’s jobless benefits to the state unemployment rate continues to make progress at the Capitol. House Bill 1409 was passed by the House Employment Security Committee on Jan. 23. On Feb. 5, it also passed the Rules Administrative Oversight Committee by a vote of 9-5. That bill is sponsored by Rep. Scott […]

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Stopping outlandish punitive damage awards

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In our legal system, punitive damages can be a useful tool used to punish defendants that intentionally cause harm. But in Missouri, punitive damages are too often being abused by trial attorneys in an attempt to drive up payouts from businesses. That’s where House Bill 2119 by Rep. Kirk Mathews comes in. “The purpose for […]

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House passes visiting scholar certification bill

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On Feb. 1, Rep. Kathy Swan’s bill making it easier for business leaders to teach special workforce courses passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 141-3. Right now, business professionals who want to share their knowledge in Missouri classrooms can face a lengthy and expensive path to teacher certification. But under House Bill […]

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House committee takes action on two tort reform bills

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The House Committee on Litigation Reform has voted yes on important tort reform bills: one to end venue shopping and another to stop double claims in asbestos cases. Venue shopping Our current venue laws make it too easy for trial attorneys to relocate lawsuits to Missouri to take advantage of the state’s reputation for being […]

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