Data Center Legislation Sails through Senate

The Missouri Senate has Third Read and Passed Senate bill 149 by a vote of 28-4, which would exempt from sales tax resources or equipment used or consumed in the production or facilitation of a data center, including utilities and electricity. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar)

That provision will give Missouri a significant boost above other states wooing data centers and server farms. A data center is a facility used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems.

“We applaud the Senate for getting this done quickly and sent to the House so that we can see this bill become law sooner rather than later,” Tracy King, vice president of governmental affairs for the Missouri Chamber, said. “This is an opportunity for Missouri to become a leader in data centers and economic development which will benefit the state for years to come.”

Missouri is an ideal location for data centers because it is situated in a geographically low-risk location from natural disasters.  Missouri boasts more than 15 million square feet of subterranean sites carved out of former limestone quarries, providing climate control, enhanced security and reduced vulnerability.  The states central location and abundant, cost-effective power also makes Missouri a prime location for these facilities.

For more information on tax issues or data centers, contact Tracy King, Missouri Chamber vice president of governmental affairs, at tking@mochamber.com, or by phone at 573-634-3511.

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