Veto Session Begins—Three major business issues

Today, the Missouri General Assembly returns to Jefferson City with an opportunity to pass into law three critical bills for the future of our state.

Please contact your legislators and ask them to support an override of these three bills.

House Bill 116—Right-to-work

Rep. Eric Burlison, the sponsor of right-to-work legislation in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Rep. Eric Burlison, the sponsor of right-to-work legislation in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Today, Missouri could become the 26th state to support right-to-work protections for Missouri workers. The vote is expected to be close and we need your voice today to finally make right-to-work the law of the land in Missouri.

Right-to-work legislation says that workers cannot be required to join a union and pay dues as a condition of employment. A 2015 Gallup survey, sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, shows that a majority of Missouri business leaders support right-to-work.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison, a Republican from Springfield.

House Bill 722—Consistent workplace standards

Yesterday, a coalition including the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry filed a lawsuit to stop the City of St. Louis from punishing local employers with a new wage mandate. House Bill 722 is urgently needed to stop other municipalities from following St. Louis down this harmful p  ath.

The legislation would ensure Missouri workplace regulation is handled at the state level, protecting employers from having to comply with a patchwork regulations across the state.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Dan Shaul, a Republican from Imperial.

House Bill 150—Fixing unemployment compensation

When the national economy experiences a downturn, Missouri employers are hurt more than most due to the state’s often-insolvent Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund. The state has regularly had to borrow from the federal government to fund unemployment benefits, leading to added expense for employers.

House Bill 150 would address this problem by tying Missouri’s jobless benefits to the state’s unemployment rate, providing more weeks of unemployment payments during a recession and fewer weeks of benefits when jobs are plentiful. The bill also requires increased payments from employers to help the state’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund reach a balance that is capable of paying for benefits without going into debt.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Shell Knob.

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