AIM issues summary of 2020 legislative issues and legislator vote ratings
June 3, 2020 - Missouri's oldest employer advocacy organization, Associated Industries of Missouri, today issued a summary of key legislative issues that were important to business at the end of the 2020 Legislative Session. The summary includes a scorecard of votes cast by each Senator and Representative on those issues.
"In this political season, many will claim to support Missouri businesses as they seek support for their campaigns," said Ray McCarty, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Missouri. "Our goal is to inform the business community regarding what happened during the legislative session on key issues and how their legislators voted on those issues," he said.
The organization regularly provides such updates following the end of each session. This session, bills addressing legal reform, tax issues, utility issues, healthcare and workforce issues were all alive at the end of the session. Some were passed and some were not. The business community's top legal reform priority was passed in SB 591.
"We applaud the work of the Missouri legislature in passing SB 591," said Jerry M. Hunter, partner in Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Associated Industries of Missouri. "The threat of punitive damages, when such damages have no merit, often drives up the cost of cases without any benefit to the community at large, which is supposed to be the reason for such damages," he said.
The full report and legislative scorecard may be found HERE.