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Watch now: Chamber Direct video update

Get all the news about business legislation in the Missouri legislature in this quick video update. This week, we report on a tax cut bill, a supreme court ruling and work to protect our energy supply. Viewing time is 5:35.

 
Coming up this week at the Missouri Capitol


 


Gov. Jay Nixon has 15 days from April 16 to sign or veto Senate Bill 509, so expect action as early as this week.  Committee hearings are scheduled for legislation to extend the shared workplace Program, legislation to protect employers from patent trolling, and incentives for ports.  Tort issues could see floor debate in the Missouri Senate.  The transportation bill could see floor debate in the House.


 
 
Restrictive new climate rules coming: Senate hears bill to help Missouri assert control

As Missouri awaits new environmental rules that could significantly increase power costs for Missouri businesses and consumers, state senators heard about a plan to help the state assert greater control over the situation. This summer, it is widely expected that the Environmental Protection Agency, under direction from President Barack Obama, will release harsh new standards regulating emissions from existing power plants.
Missouri Chamber applauds House and Senate transportation investment proposals


 

Two pieces of legislation that would provide critical funding for Missouri's transportation system moved another step further in the legislative process. The Missouri Senate Transportation Committee held a public hearing on Senate Joint Resolution 48, sponsored by Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City), and House Joint Resolution 68, sponsored by Rep. Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair).

House Committee gives approval to legislation to protect Missouri's Unemployment Trust Fund

The House Workforce Development and Workplace Safety Committee voted do pass Senate Bill 673 on April 14, legislation that makes changes to Missouri's unemployment insurance system to ensure solvency of this important safety net for unemployed workers. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City), would tie the number of weeks jobless Missourians can receive unemployment benefits to the unemployment insurance rate.


Missouri Chamber supports House action to cut taxes- Now, it's up to the governor to decide if Missourians will get a tax break

On April 16, the Missouri House passed Senate Bill 509, legislation that would cut the individual income tax rate from 6 percent to 5.5 percent and phase in a 25 percent deduction on an individual's business income.  The vote was 104-48 and the bill is now headed to the governor's desk for signature.  The changes would not take effect until 2017.  The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry believes this legislation is a good start to improve Missouri's economy through tax reform.
Virtual learning bill voted out of House committee


The House Education committee voted out House Bill 1780 on April 16, which is legislation to bolster the state's programs for virtual learning. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Kathy Swan, R-Cape Girardeau. Swan's bill would allow Missouri high school students who want to begin post secondary coursework to access virtual learning programs.
Missouri employers need to be aware of dangerous Missouri Supreme Court workers' compensation / discrimination ruling

 

A ruling April 15 by the Missouri Supreme Court continues to erode employment law against Missouri employers. Following today's 5-2 decision by Missouri's High Court, employees will have a much easier time winning cases against employers by alleging discrimination involving workers' compensation claims. Employees only have to prove that their workers' compensation claims were a "contributing factor" in their dismissal or demotion in order to win lawsuits claiming retaliation.
Missouri House votes to block state's money grab of business unclaimed property

The Missouri House gave first-round approval today of House Bill 1075, legislation sponsored by Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Tuscumbia) that would block the state's false claims to business unclaimed property. "All too often, the unclaimed property that is being reported to the state isn't truly unclaimed property," said Tracy King, vice president of governmental affairs for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. "This is not the state's money, and it is not the state's job to take these transactions and dump them into the general revenue."
 

2014 sponsorship opportunity for youth leadership program

The Missouri Chamber Education Foundation's 18th annual Leadership In Practice sponsorship opportunities are now available for this summer's 2014 statewide leadership camp.  This June 22 - 25, 2014, we will once again bring together some of Missouri's best rising sophomore students from across the state for three days of intensive leadership training.
Check out the latest issue of Missouri Business Magazine

Be watching for the next edition of Missouri Business Magazine, featuring Missouri's health care industry.  One in five Missouri jobs are linked to health care, and this issue will tell the stories of the people and organizations that keep Missouri healthy.  To learn more about Missouri Business magazine and the opportunity to reach 10,000 of Missouri's business decision makers in each edition, click here.

 
Take part in "This Week in the Missouri Legislature" calls

Stay on top of the legislation impacting Missouri employers by participating in a bi-weekly discussion on the latest happenings in our state capitol. Join us for "This Week in the Missouri Legislature," our member-only conference call.