The Missouri Chamber of Commerce sent its ratings to legislators, based on their votes on bills that had been important to the state’s largest business group last session. The chamber gave 73 legislators – all Republicans – a score of 90 percent or above and failing grades of below 70 percent to 77 legislators. That group included all the Democrats in the state House and Senate.
Votes used for the ratings include four vetoed bills: the proposed tax-cut bill, a bill that would have barred uninsured motorists from collecting noneconomic damages from an insured driver in the case of an accident, a bill that would made it more difficult for fired employees to collect unemployment benefits, and a bill that would have required public employee unions to have obtained annual approval of individual members to deduct their union dues from their pay. Chamber president Dan Mehan said that the selected votes – which amounted to several dozen – reflected the aim of the chamber members, who sought legislation they believed “will make them more competitive.”