Missouri Chamber Policy Councils gearing up for 2015 session

Each legislative year the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry sends lobbyists to the capitol to work on an agenda set by the Missouri Chamber Policy Councils. The policy councils, led by member volunteers, help define our policies on issues that are critical to your business or organization. The Policy councils will be meeting soon to decide on an upcoming legislative agenda for the 2015 session. The councils are divided into different topics that affect business, including Economic Development and Small Business, Education and Workforce Development, Environmental and Energy, Health Care, Taxation and Fiscal Policy, Tourism and Transportation.

Civil Justice Council

The Missouri Chamber Civil Justice Council advocates for common-sense changes to Missouri’s business litigation environment that help ensure businesses are treated fairly in Missouri courts. The council reviews current case law and litigation trends, and makes policy recommendations to protect Missouri businesses. In recent years the council has helped shape Missouri law in the areas of tort reform, labor law, joint and several liability, rules of evidence, non-economic damage caps and more.

Economic Development and Small Business Council

The Missouri Chamber Economic Development and Small Business Council promotes sustainable economic development opportunities for Missouri employers, both large and small. The Council advocates investment and management of those key assets necessary for continued economic well-being of Missouri, such as infrastructure, education, job training, technology, and energy and financing. The Council is actively involved with economic development stakeholders within the legislature, government agencies and in the private market.

Education and Workforce Development Council

The Missouri Chamber Education and Workforce Development Council advocates for programs and policies that ensure the state has a workforce that is prepared for the future global economy. Our agenda includes initiatives that encourage Missouri students to take more rigorous classes, including math, engineering, technology and science. The Education and Workforce Development Council also ensures that business concerns are considered as education public policy is made in state government. In addition, the council encourages business participation in education matters.

Environmental and Energy Council

The Missouri Chamber Environmental and Energy Council is responsible for developing policies that promote a balance between sound management of the state’s natural resources and economic development. The council reviews proposed rules and analyzes legislation to determine effective policy. The council also discusses practical ways to ensure a positive energy future and promotes the exchange of information on economical methods of environmental control.

Health Care Council

The Missouri Chamber Health Care Council develops policy recommendations on all health care issues, including increasing access to affordable health care coverage and promoting consumer-driven health care programs. The Health Care Council monitors ongoing trends in the health care industry and promotes the development of market-driven solutions to the ongoing challenges of rising health care costs and uninsured Missourians.

Labor and Industrial Relations Council

The Labor and Industrial Relations Council advocates policy in the areas of workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, labor relations and tort reform, to name a few. Each of these areas are critical for Missouri employers, and this council has the potential to impact millions of dollars in Missouri employers’ bottom lines.

Taxation and Fiscal Policy Council

The Missouri Chamber Taxation and Fiscal Policy Council works for a tax climate that is conducive to the expansion and growth of jobs. The Taxation and Fiscal Policy Council advocates sound state and federal tax revisions, including responsible governmental spending policies. The council is involved with state agencies to guide tax rulemaking. In addition, the council monitors judicial action on tax policy.

Tourism Council

The Missouri Chamber Tourism Council promotes policy that leverages the many attributes of our state that attracts visitors and tourism revenue. Direct expenditures by travelers to Missouri exceeds $8.5 billion and the industry employs more than 293,000 Missourians, making the work of this council extremely important to the economic future of our state.

Transportation Council

Transportation is a critical factor in maintaining the future economic vitality of Missouri. One of Missouri’s strongest economic development tools is our central geographic location supported by a strong transportation infrastructure. The Missouri Chamber Transportation Council ensures that the voice of business and commerce is heard when transportation policy is being debated in Jefferson City.

To apply for one of the policy councils, please contact Tracy King, vice president of governmental affairs for the Missouri Chamber, at 573.634.3511 or tking@mochamber.com.



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