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Bill to Stem Virus-Related Lawsuits Advances in Missouri Senate

Missouri senators on Feb. 3 advanced a bill that would shield hospitals, manufacturers and other businesses from lawsuits over alleged wrongdoing during the coronavirus pandemic. Senators gave the measure initial approval after hours of debate and negotiations. The bill would …

Missouri Bill Would Allow Giving Guns to Minors Without Parents’ Permission

Missouri lawmakers have advanced a bill that would legally allow people to give firearms to children without their parents’ permission after the governor had initially sought to increase the penalty for the crime. “Recklessly” giving guns to minors without parents’ …

Missouri Governor Signs Bill to Limit Lawsuits Against Businesses

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on July 1 signed a bill that’s part of a business-backed effort to rein in lawsuits against businesses in the state. The law deals with lawsuits seeking money for injuries or other harm caused by businesses’ …

Proposed Missouri Law Would Require $100K in Liability Insurance for Delivery Robots

Missouri lawmakers are considering new guidelines to regulate delivery robots that may soon be roaming St. Louis and other communities in the state. The proposed law is aimed at allowing the small, cooler-sized delivery units to navigate successfully between pedestrians …

Missouri Senate Backs New Limits on Punitive Damages

Missouri’s Republican-led Senate swiftly advanced a bill tightening standards for punitive damages in liability lawsuits after an all-night filibuster by Democrats successfully blocked a separate bill limiting lawsuits over asbestos-related illnesses. Democrats, who had opposed previous versions of the punitive …

Daughter of Duck Boat Victim Slams Missouri Tort Reform Bill

Speaking before a Missouri legislative panel, a woman whose father was among the 17 people who died after a tourist duck boat sank in a Missouri lake condemned a bill that would limit when companies can be sued over products …

Missouri Lawmakers Act to Relax Helmet, Vehicle Safety Inspection Laws

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a measure that could relax a pair of roadway safety provisions. The legislation sent to Gov. Mike Parson on Friday would do away with the need for vehicle safety inspections on an estimated …

Missouri Bill Shielding Businesses from Fines in Lawsuits Advances

Missouri lawmakers have advanced a bill to make it harder for courts to fine defendants as punishment for hurting people. The pending measure would raise the standard for what are called punitive damages, which courts use in civil lawsuits to …

Missouri Proposal Would Limit Local Tax Breaks for Flood Zone Development

With floodwaters again inundating parts of Missouri, the state Senate has backed legislation that could limit local tax breaks offered for new developments in flood plains. A bill given initial approval would prohibit new “tax increment financing” projects in areas …

Missouri Exempts Some Commercial Insurance Policies from Rate Filing Rules

Missouri’s General Assembly has passed, and the governor has signed, a bill that exempts some commercial insurance policies and endorsements from rate filing requirements. The summary of SB 594 on the legislative website states that it “exempts certain lines and …