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House committee considers border war truce bill

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In February, the Missouri Senate passed Senate Bill 182 by Sen. Mike Cierpiot to end the practice of poaching jobs back and forth across State Line Road in Kansas City. On April 1, that bill was taken up for consideration in a House committee. Both Missouri and Kansas have been expending public funds to incentivize […]

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House Fast Track bill has Senate hearing

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A Senate committee is considering a bill to help thousands of Missouri workers enhance their job skills. On April 2, the Senate Education Committee listened to public testimony on legislation to create a grant program that could help working-age adult 16,000 Missourians pursue higher education to prepare for work in high-demand jobs. The proposal, called […]

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Committee approves bill to help small businesses save on health insurance

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In 2017, a new type of health insurance offering came to Missouri — a multiple employer welfare arrangement or MEWA, which enables smaller employers to pool together and share in the overall claims risk. This has given many small businesses in Missouri significant cost savings while maintaining or increasing the quality of coverage. However, current Missouri […]

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House bill to solidify alternative pathway to licensure moves to Senate committee

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Many Missourians who want to enter certain careers face a costly and time-consuming education hurdle. A bill to provide an alternative pathway to licensure through apprenticeship programs was recently passed in the House and is now under consideration in a Senate committee. “[Apprenticeships] are a proven model for producing skilled workers…As our workforce changes and […]

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House bill creating deal closing fund progresses to Senate committee

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Following its passage on the House floor, a bill to win more jobs for our state by creating a deal closing fund — a key business attraction strategy used by several of Missouri’s competitor states — is under Senate committee consideration. House Bill 255 would modify the Missouri Works tax credit program, allowing some credits to […]

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Sen. Eric Burlison seeks to curb frivolous slack-fill lawsuits

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Missouri is currently a battleground for a type of cash-grab lawsuit that is taking up valuable court time and resources in our state’s taxpayer-funded judicial system. “We call ourselves the Show-Me State but unfortunately, Missouri has become the Sue-Me State,” said Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Republic). Burlison is fighting to curb frivolous lawsuits involving slack-fill, the […]

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Committee vote moves venue and joinder reform closer to finish line

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Venue and joinder reform — a top Missouri Chamber legislative priority — continues to make progress as a House committee has endorsed a senator’s bill. Senate Bill 7, filed by Sen. Ed Emery, a Republican from Lamar, is a key component of the legislature’s efforts to improve Missouri’s legal climate this year. The bill would […]

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House committee considers initiative petition reform

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On March 27, a House committee heard a variety of legislation regarding the initiative petition process. The initiative petition process has become a point of concern to some state leaders for several reasons. Most alarming is the rise of petitions funded by out-of-state interest groups. “It shouldn’t matter where you stand on the issues — […]

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House committee passes bills to make capital more accessible for rural businesses

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On March 28, a House committee passed the Rural Workforce Development Act, legislation creating a tax credit for certain investments made in rurally-located Missouri businesses. Rural entrepreneurs in Missouri often struggle to find investment capital to start up or expand their companies. The legislation is contained in identical bills, HB 1236 and HB 1230, sponsored […]

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PDMP discussion returns to Senate committee

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An effort to battle Missouri’s opioid epidemic with a prescription drug monitoring program was back in the Senate Committee on Seniors, Families and Children on March 27. The committee, which passed a drug monitoring bill earlier in the session, held another hearing to hear testimony on a version of the legislation that has been passed […]

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