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Missouri House Committee tie vote blocks Senate Joint Resolution 39

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With six legislators voting in support and six opposing, a Missouri House committee has blocked Senate Joint Resolution 39, legislation that had embroiled the Missouri General Assembly since it was introduced on February 17. The tie vote means the legislation cannot move forward. The legislation asked voters to change the Missouri Constitution to provide additional protections to […]

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Expert witness reforms pass General Assembly

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In an effort to improve Missouri’s litigation climate, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has made expert witness reform a priority during this legislative session. Toward that goal, the Missouri General Assembly has passed Senate Bill 591, which would help ensure the credibility of the people who testify as experts in Missouri legal proceedings. The bill, sponsored by Sen. […]

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Employee ownership language clears Senate, nearing final passage

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A House bill to encourage more employee ownership of Missouri businesses has passed the Senate. House Bill 2030 continues to receive strong bipartisan support, clearing the Senate by a vote of 28-2. Because the bill was amended from the House original, it now must go back to the House for at least one additional vote […]

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Senate committee passes bill to protect workplace arbitration

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Work to protect the arbitration system in Missouri continues to make progress in the General Assembly as a Senate committee has passed House Bill 1718. Over the last decade, Missouri court decisions have begun to erode the system of arbitration agreements between employers and employees. As a result, many of the workplace arbitration agreements that […]

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Collateral source reforms sent to governor

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The Missouri House has given final approval to a key legal reform bill regarding the state’s collateral source rule. By a vote of 95-47, the Missouri House approved Senate Bill 847. The bill clarifies that in a lawsuit, an injured person can recover only the actual medial costs he or she incurred. The bill would […]

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House votes to help communities attract data centers

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Seeking to jolt their local economies, many Missouri communities are working to attract data centers—an effort aided by critical state-wide data center incentives passed last year. However, one important tool—the ability to waive local property taxes for data centers—remains largely out of reach for Missouri communities. To fix this issue, the Missouri House of Representatives […]

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Expert witness reform to face House test

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Update: Senate Bill 591 passed the Missouri General Assembly on April 27, 2016. It now needs a signature from the governor to become law. Thank you for your support in advance of the successful House vote! It’s no secret, Missouri has one of the worst legal climates in the nation—and that’s bad for business. A recent […]

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Leadership Missouri kicks off in Jefferson City

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For more than 25 years Leadership Missouri has identified current and emerging business and government leaders throughout Missouri with a mission to enhance leadership skills, and deepen participants’ knowledge of the economic challenges and opportunities facing the state. Another class began last week Jefferson City kicking off at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry headquarters. […]

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Missouri Chamber supports effort to establish Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

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Rep. Holly Rehder continued her efforts to create a prescription drug monitoring program again this week, introducing HB 1892 in the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee. The bill, known as the Narcotics Control Act, is an effort to rein in prescription drug abuse throughout the state. The act would require the Department of […]

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Biosimilars legislation headed to governor

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Safe, cheaper biologics medication may soon be on the way to Missouri. The General Assembly has approved a bill allowing pharmacists to provide more affordable biosimilar medications. Some Missourians currently rely on biologic medication to treat painful issues such as rheumatoid arthritis. However, these medications are often costly. To help reduce the cost and make […]

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