Missouri Business Headlines

Repairing Missouri’s broken consumer protection law

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A law intended to protect Missouri consumers is now more commonly being used against them to line the pockets of trial attorneys. Gas dealers, rental companies and food manufacturers are targets of lawyers hunting for reasons to sue under the lax Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA). In lawsuits like this, “deceived” consumers take home a […]

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This bill could get more infrastructure construction projects funded

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Missouri’s Prevailing Wage Law establishes a minimum wage rate that must be paid to workers on public construction projects in the state, such as bridges, roads and government buildings. That rate differs by county and by different types of work. The bad news is, the law in its current form is costing taxpayers far more […]

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Reauthorizing Missouri’s vital job expansion and retention programs

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Two vital economic development programs make up our state’s primary incentive tools for job expansion and retention: Missouri Works and Missouri Works Training. These government programs provide businesses with tax credits, resources and other incentives to help them grow, create jobs and offer employees the high-skill training they need. Both programs are currently set to […]

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AG Hawley releases training videos to help businesses fight human trafficking

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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has released a series of videos to help businesses and their employees join the fight against human trafficking in Missouri. The videos, available here, describe how to identify human trafficking and show what people should do if they see signs of human trafficking. These new videos are an important part […]

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Committee passes bill to tie jobless benefits to state unemployment rate

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A bill to reform Missouri’s unemployment compensation system took its first step forward on Jan. 23 when it was passed by the House Special Committee on Employment Security. The 7-5 vote moves House Bill 1409 to the House Rules committee on its way to the legislative queue for debate on the House floor. The bill, […]

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House committee passes paycheck protection

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A Missouri House committee passed a bill to make it easier for public employees to opt out union membership and paycheck deductions that fund their union’s political advocacy work. House Bill 1413, commonly called paycheck protection, was passed 7-3 by the House Economic Development Committee on Jan. 23. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Jered […]

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Work on arbitration reform continues in House, Senate

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A Missouri House committee has passed a bill to help preserve arbitration as a fair, low-cost tool that employers and employees can use to resolve disputes without turning to the courts. House Bill 1512 successfully passed committee on Jan. 22 and is on its way to the House floor. You can read more about that […]

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Bill would protect businesses from lawsuits over unpreventable crimes

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It’s a nightmare for any business leader to see their company turned into a crime scene. However, many Missouri business leaders aren’t aware that in the wake of a tragic event they are actually in danger of being held liable for these criminal acts. Senate Bill 608 sponsored by Sen. Denny Hoskins, a Republican from […]

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House begins work to end lawsuit venue abuse

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The Missouri House began its work on joinder and venue reform on Jan. 22 when House Bill 1578 was heard in committee. The bill would help stop out-of-state cases from clogging Missouri courts. The state’s current venue laws make it too easy for trial attorneys to move cases to Missouri in hopes of taking advantage […]

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Bill would stop double-dipping on asbestos claims

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Rep. Bruce DeGroot, a Republican from Chesterfield, has introduced a bill to prevent unfairness in asbestos claims.  House Bill 1645 would prevent the current practice of double-dipping that depletes limited trust fund resources to the detriment of future claimants. During the bill’s first hearing on Jan. 16, DeGroot said that the current laws have led […]

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