From: Dan Mehan [publications@mochamber.com]
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2014 7:08 AM
To: Ms. Fran Kopsky
Subject: Missouri Chamber Direct April 7, 2014 - From Dan Mehan


Watch now: Chamber Direct video update

Watch this video update for all the news about business legislation in the Missouri General Assembly. This week, we report on a new plan for Medicaid reform, progress on an economic development proposal and an effort to bring fairness to Missouri's tax courts. Viewing time is 2:30.

 
Coming up this week at the Missouri Capitol

This week the Missouri Senate will take on tort reform while the House debates Right to Work and the transportation sales tax. Committee meetings will be held on unemployment insurance and tax policy. Keep an eye on our blog for udpates throughout the week.
 
 
Republican senator offers a Missouri solution for Medicaid reform

The push for action on Missouri's Medicaid system has gained an important new supporter with Sen. Ryan Silvey's announcement of his new reform plan. Sen. Silvey's plan would allow Missouri to accept up to $2 billion in annual federal funding to help bring health coverage to uninsured Missourians. His plan ties this to a significant overhaul of the state's existing welfare programs.
Missouri Chamber praises House support of legislation to protect the paychecks of Missouri's public workers

A politician that uses taxpayer funds for personal political campaigns can be sent to jail.  Yet, current Missouri law allows thousands in taxpayers' dollars to go to political campaigns every year unchecked, siphoned off of public employees' paychecks in the form of union dues.
Bill to restore medical malpractice caps passes committee hurdle

An important bill to help Missouri attract and retain quality medical providers passed another step on April 1 as House Bill 1173 was approved by a Senate committee. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, is part of the legislature's response to a 2012 Missouri Supreme Court ruling that overturned the state's existing caps on medical malpractice lawsuits.


Rep. Diehl sponsors bill to encourage the use of compressed natural gas in vehicles

Been to a gas station lately? If you drive a car, like most Americans, you've probably seen the numbers at the pump keep climbing higher and higher.  For most families and businesses, that also means higher costs in other areas of life, including groceries and other products that are shipped using large trucks. Unlike traditional gasoline and diesel fuel, CNG can be produced domestically in the US, keeping the dependency on foreign oil low.


Senate gives approval to bill bringing fairness to Missouri tax courts

 
The Missouri Senate has approved an important bill that would grant all Missouri businesses a basic right in tax court: innocence until proven guilty. Under current state law, many Missouri companies are actually presumed guilty when the Missouri Department of Revenue chooses to bring them to court in a tax dispute.
Promise of data centers touted as Senate committee hears economic development bill


An effort to boost Missouri's tech and exporting industries has moved to the Senate, where a committee has heard testimony on a critical economic development bill. For years, state lawmakers have been working to pass legislation that would encourage the development of data centers in Missouri. It's an expanding industry that provides good paying jobs.

Unclaimed property bill heard in Senate Committee


Legislation that would change the laws regarding unclaimed property in the state was presented this week in the Senate Governmental Affairs and Fiscal Oversight Committee. Senate Bill 995, sponsored by Sen. Scott Sifton, D-St. Louis, would put money back into the hands of Missouri companies and improve the atmosphere for new business development.
Senators give approval to tax cut bill, moving it to House Committee

A tax bill with the intention of making Missouri's tax rates more competitive was third read and passed by the Missouri Senate and moved into the House Ways and Means Committee. The bill passed out of the Senate on a 23-9 vote. Senate Bill 509, sponsored by Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee's Summit, contains a number of tax cutting provisions.
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 rising sophomore students from across the state for three days of intensive leadership training.
 
Join the Missouri Chamber to discuss changes to Workers' Compensation

In 2013, Missouri saw significant changes in several areas impacting the Workers' Compensation system. New legislation on Second Injury Fund Cases and  Occupational Diseases became effective in August.  Changes in the way minor injuries should be handled have also been implemented.  Several court cases are poised to change the landscape as well.   Each of these changes could impact your work comp costs.
 
Is your company a great place to work? Enter to be recognized in Missouri Business Magazine

Is your company a great place to work? Then make it official!  Enter your company to be recognized as one of the best places to work in Missouri.  Five businesses will be recognized in our first -ever celebration of outstanding workplaces in a special edition of Missouri Business Magazine.  The awards will be presented during a conference at the Reynolds Alumni Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia on October 23, 2014.
 
 
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.