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Tort reform measure would alter punitive damage cases to use a two-jury system

Tort reform measure would alter punitive damage cases to use a two-jury system

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — House Republicans continued their relentless tort reform efforts with a bill in the House Litigation Reform Committee Monday that would affect the way punitive damages are handled in the state. After hearings on topics as big as the collateral source rule change bill, the adoption of the Daubert witness standards and

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Do Missouri cities have the right to set their own minimum wage? Ask Missouri’s Supreme Court

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a five-year period, Missouri’s minimum wage has raised by a total of 35 cents. In 2013, a minimum wage worker could expect $7.35 an hour. Four years later and three increases later, a Missouri worker should expect $7.70 while working in a minimum wage job in 2017. But while those

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Opponents increase rhetoric as infrastructure investments move forward

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – For the first time in years, the issues of solar energy and electric grid modernization are gaining momentum toward removing regulations for private investment to begin in the state. However, opponents are ratcheting up the rhetoric with increasingly extreme attacks. Sen. Ed Emery and Rep. Rocky Miller both introduced several similar

Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel (center) speaks regarding Rep. Bill Lant's attempt to silence his testimony on a discrimination bill Feb. 14, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Beatty, MO NAACP president call for Lant to step down as chair of Litigation Reform Committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Following the silencing of Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel at Monday evening’s Special Committee on Litigation Reform, House Democrats and left-leaning organizations and advocacy groups called for Rep. Bill Lant, R-Pineville, to be removed from his position as chair of the committee. Chapel said Lant should apologize to the members of the state

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Tort reform measure could have significant impact on Missouri Human Rights Act

NAACP leader cut off during testimony JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Special Committee on Litigation Reform heard another major tort reform measure Monday, one which would rewrite the Missouri Human Rights Act. The three bills, which will likely be rolled into one piece of legislation, offered by Reps. Kevin Austin, Joe Don McGaugh and Dean

Letter to the Editor: End the Durbin Amendment to help hardworking Americans

By Brad Douglas, President/CEO of Heartland Credit Union Association Sometimes well-intentioned laws unintentionally hurt those who can least afford to take a hit.  At this time of change for those in the middle class, we must focus on making a positive impact on people’s financial futures.  Credit unions are here to help, but common sense changes

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Kolkmeyer ready to carry next stage of House tort reform legislation: venue and joinder

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With the perfection of Rep. Kevin Corlew’s Daubert witness standards bill and Rep. Joe Don McGaugh’s collateral source rule change Tuesday, the two highly prioritized tort reform bills appear destined to pass through the House. However, the House still has a significant number of tort bills. The five authored by Rep.

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U.S. Chamber targets Missouri with new legal reform ad campaign

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -– The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) is taking aim at Missouri’s lawsuit climate with a new online and television advertising campaign. The ILR launched the campaign earlier this month, urging the Missouri General Assembly to take legal reform action. According to the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey, conducted by Harris

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Haahr’s professional licensing bill regulates government instead of businesses

On his second day in office, Gov. Eric Greitens stood behind the governor’s desk in his office on the second floor with a mountain of boxes filled with paper stacked around him. His staff live streamed the proceedings over Facebook. “Folks, this isn’t a stunt,” he said. “These are the actual rules and regulations people

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Uber bill passes easily through House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Uber and Lyft are one step closer to having statewide regulations in Missouri. Rep. Kirk Mathews’ bill establishing a framework for transportation networking companies (TNCs) passed through the House Thursday 140-16 with massive bipartisan support. “I had no idea we would get 140 votes today,” Mathews said. “I think that’s a

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