May 26, 2023 Less than a minute read

Missouri Chamber urges Gov. Parson to sign pro-business bills

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has written to Gov. Mike Parson, formally requesting his signature on several pro-business bills that the Missouri General Assembly sent to his desk during the 2023 legislative session.

Bills the Missouri Chamber urged the governor to sign were:

  • HB 115 & 99 (Shields) – Helping advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) practice to the full extent of their training and licensure;
  • HB 402 (Henderson) – Improving health care access for rural communities;
  • HB 417 (Henderson) – Creating a new workforce training program to prepare Missourians for the jobs of today and tomorrow;
  • SB 20 (Bernskoetter) – Reauthorizing the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) tax deduction;
  • SB 186 (Brown) – Deterring certain types of crime and supporting the state’s efforts to recruit and retain valiant law enforcement officers;
  • SB 189 (Luetkemeyer) – Addressing the multifaceted and complex issue of rising crime.

In addition, the Missouri Chamber has requested Gov. Parson’s signature on all budget bills. These contain a wide variety of transformational investments that will move Missouri forward in the global competition for jobs, including funding to:

  • Expand I-70 to three lanes across the state;
  • Expand access to pre-kindergarten programs and increase the child care subsidy rate;
  • Onshore vital industries, including semiconductor and active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing.

You can view all of the letters to Gov. Parson here.

According to Missouri law, the governor has 45 days to act on bills sent to his desk when the legislature has adjourned. Gov. Parson has a variety of actions available to him for each bill: sign it into law, veto it or take no action, resulting in the bill becoming law by default after the deadline has passed.


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