From: Dan Mehan []
Sent: Sunday, February 16, 2014 11:32 PM
To: Ms. Fran Kopsky
Subject: Missouri Chamber Direct February 14, 2014 - From Dan Mehan



Proposal would end bias against large businesses in tax suits

While "innocent until proven guilty" is the legal standard Americans are familiar with, in Missouri, that standard doesn't always apply to larger companies. In tax disputes between the state and large businesses, the companies are presumed guilty unless they can prove otherwise. This "guilty until proven innocent" standard in tax disputes applies only to companies with more than 500 employees and a net worth of greater than $7 million.

Unclaimed property bill heard in House committee

Legislation that would change the laws regarding unclaimed property in the state was presented this week in the House General Laws Committee. House Bill 1075, sponsored by Rep. Rocky Miller, R-Tuscumbia, would put money back into the hands of Missouri companies and improve the atmosphere for new business development. 


House committees approve three noteworthy business bills

Three significant business bills passed out of committee in the Missouri House of Representatives this week. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry testified in support of these bills and will continue advocating for their passage as they reach the House floor. Fortunately, two of these bills were passed as "consent," putting them on the fast track for approval in the House.

Missouri Chamber supports effort to establish Prescription Drug Monitoring Act

In an effort to rein in drug abuse throughout the state, House Bill 1133 was third read and passed by the House this week.  The bill is sponsored by Rep. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, and supported by the Missouri Chamber. The act would establish the Prescription Drug Monitoring Act and would change the laws regarding the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances. 


Proposals would curb governor's power to withhold from education

Following years of watching Gov. Jay Nixon withhold funding they had appropriated for schools, Missouri lawmakers are considering legislation that would strip or reduce the governor's power to withhold from education. During the summer of 2013, Gov. Nixon temporarily took $66 million from the General Assembly's appropriation for K-12.



Missouri Chamber opposes minimum wage increase

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, alongside other business advocates, voiced strong opposition this week to a proposal to sharply increase the state's minimum wage.
Senate Bill 531, sponsored by Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, would raise Missouri's minimum wage to $10 per hour. Missouri's current minimum wage is $7.50 an hour.




Missouri Senate hears unemployment reform bill

This week Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, presented Senate Bill 673 to the Senate Committee on Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight.   This is legislation that would tie the number of weeks jobless Missourians can receive unemployment benefits to the unemployment insurance rate.


Save the date for the Missouri Chamber Day at the Capitol

Save the date for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City for a day of networking, grassroots lobbying and learning about the legislative issues that impact Missouri employers. Take an active role in moving pro-jobs legislation this year.


 March 6, 2014  - Missouri STEM Day at the Capitol

The Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition will hold the annual STEM Day at the Capitol, with a focus on K-12 and Higher Education STEM programming. We will have space available on the 3rd floor rotunda of the Capitol for STEM programs to set up booths and showcase various school and student science projects and activities. Participating groups will showcase their STEM programs, projects and past/current work.

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.