Missouri Minute: KC considers Airbnb fees; House Republicans consider change to definition of employment discrimination

Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

Kansas City proposes an ordinance to require permit fees from Airbnb hosts

Kansas City is considering a proposed “short-term stay” ordinance that would require Airbnb hosts to register with the city and pay annual registration fees. Read more

House Republicans consider change to definition of employment discrimination

The Missouri House is considering a bill that would make it harder to prove discrimination when someone is fired from work. Under the measure, an employee would have to prove his or her race or gender was the main factor for dismissal. That’s a shift from the current law, which says an employee only has to prove race or gender contributed to his or her dismissal. Read more

As Kansas floats idea for airport, KCI may suddenly move up on Kansas City’s agenda

Kansas City Councilwoman Jolie Justus called Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s pursuit of an airport in Johnson County a “far-off dream,” but not far off enough to keep the city from reviving talks about revamping Kansas City International Airport. Justus, chairwoman of the city’s Aviation Committee, said at a Monday press conference that a public discussion of KCI’s future would pick up steam after an April 4 bond election. Read more

Missouri Healthcare.gov sign-ups drop almost 16 percent

Officials say 244,382 Missouri residents selected 2017 health plans using the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace during the open enrollment period, which ended Jan. 31. That’s a decrease of 15.8 percent compared to the 2016 open enrollment period, according to preliminary figures from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Read more

How chocolatiers make Valentine’s Day sweet in KC

The weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day are a peak time for chocolatiers and candy makers in Kansas City, where employees have worked overtime to produce enough goods to meet a surge in demand. Read more

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