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Old September 14th, 2015, 03:11 PM   #1
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Showdown in the "Show Me" State

Showdown in the "Show Me" State

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House Bill 722 started as a bill to stop local cities from banning plastic bags in grocery stores. But in the closing days of session, National Restaurant Association lobbyists added amendments - prompted by St. Louis and Kansas City's efforts to raise their minimum wage - which banned local governments from setting minimum wages above the state level. The bill's broad language also bans paid sick days, expanded parental leave, fair scheduling, and more.

Over the past four years, ALEC and its allies in the restaurant, hotel, and other industries have stepped up their use of preemption legislation to stop local democratic action on progressive policies they disagree with.

According to Mark Pertschuk, director of Grassroots Change, ALEC and their corporate backers find it easier to wield influence in 50 capitols than in thousands of city halls. ALEC provides one-stop shopping for corporations looking for legislators to do their bidding.

Governor Nixon vetoed the bill in early July, saying that it was "a clear example of unwarranted government intrusion–in this case, interference with the policymaking of local governments and the abandonment of the principle of local control."

Mayors from across Missouri have also asked lawmakers to sustain the Governor's veto.

Rhonda Perry, the program director of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, denounced the bill saying "We know what it takes to run our farms, businesses, and families. Yet, once again, politicians in Jefferson City and the big special interests that finance their campaigns are trying to take away our right to make choices for ourselves."

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Yup, the invasion of corporations into state governments have removed many of the rights of cities and states from making decisions to help themselves. It's what the republican corporations do; impose government into your lives.
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