Missouri Business Headlines

One week left: Twelve pro-business bills that still have a chance

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While only days remain in the legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly has made measured progress toward improving our state’s business climate. Lawmakers addressed the state’s dismal litigation climate by passing bills to reform Missouri’s expert witness standards and collateral source rule. They’ve also passed a forward-looking bill that allows biosimilar medication substitutions in the […]

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House passes Show Me Rural Jobs Act

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An effort to bolster Missouri’s rural economy has passed the House of Representatives. Businesses and entrepreneurs in rural communities often find it difficult to get the capital they need to expand their businesses or establish new companies. To address this problem, the Show Me Rural Jobs Act would create a new state system to channel investment […]

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House committee hears Senate STEM Fund legislation

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Legislation is still being heard in committees in the last few weeks of the legislative session and STEM education bill was heard in the House this week. Senate Bill 873 was heard by the House Higher Education committee and is sponsored by Sen. David Pearce. The bill, presented to the committee by Rep. Ron Hicks […]

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House votes to protect the paychecks of Missouri public workers

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The Missouri House has voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of House Bill 1891, legislation that protects public employees’ paychecks from mandatory union fees.  It’s now up to the Missouri Senate to determine the fate of this bill. Please contact your senator and ask him or her to support this bill. The bill is sponsored […]

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Ask your House member to write Paycheck Protection into law

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This week, the Missouri House of Representatives is expected to attempt an override of Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a Paycheck Protection bill. Paycheck Protection would require public employee labor unions to get annual written permission from each employee before withholding union dues or using those dues for political purposes. The proposal, contained in House Bill 1891, is […]

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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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