With municipalities in Missouri having discussions about implementing their own employment laws, a bill passed by the General Assembly would keep those discussions at the state level.
With a final vote by the House of Representatives, lawmakers have sent the governor House Bill 722, sponsored by Rep. Dan Shaul, a Republican from Imperial. The bill would stop cities from increasing the minimum wage, mandating a certain amount to sick leave and banning plastic or reusable shopping bags.
“We are seeing more and more cities take on issues that are best handled at the state level,” said Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO. “This is a troubling situation for employers. If Missouri continues to allow individual cities to establish their own employment laws, it makes our state a less-attractive place to do business. I’d like to thank the General Assembly for addressing this emerging issue and we would ask the governor to sign this bill.”
House Bill 722 does not address efforts to pass municipal laws relating to “ban the box” criminal background checks. The Missouri Chamber remains concerned about “ban the box” efforts.
In addition to Rep. Shaul’s House Bill 722, similar provisions are included in House Bill 865, sponsored by Rep. Caleb Rowden, a Republican from Columbia; and Senate Bill 455, sponsored by Sen. Mike Kehoe, a Republican from Jefferson City.