Missouri’s New Business Laws Go Into Effect

Jay Nixon signing one of the laws going into effect Tuesday. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor.

Six weeks after Governor Jay Nixon signed some business laws into effect while discarding others, the effects of the new legislation take hold. Beginning Tuesday, numerous new laws go into effect, some of which impact business within the state. Here’s a quick reminder of which new laws will alter the way some Missourians do business and how:

• Part of Senate Bill 470 adds fees to the transportation of radioactive materials across the state. Instead of the current per-container fees, transport companies will pay $1,800 per truck carrying radioactive waste plus an extra $25 for every mile the truck travels over 200.

• Senate Bill 568 gets plenty of mention for being Missouri’s new “move over law,” requiring drivers to pull over for Department of Transportation assistance and emergency response vehicles the same way they would for a police car, ambulance or fire truck. The part of the bill that doesn’t get mentioned: Adding new and more definitions to the Uniform Commercial Driver’s License Act and requiring some CDL applicants to have medical certifications.

House Bill 1909 tweaks provisions covering exemptions to jet fuel tax and allowing aircraft laborers and parts suppliers to have a lien on the planes or helicopters they work on for the amount of unpaid expenses they’re due.

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