State Senator Eric Burlison is touting his accomplishments at the end of the legislative session for 2020.
Burlison said in a column he had three legislative priorities this term that were passed and sent to the governor.
He addressed the Expanded Workforce Access Act of 2020 which he believed would have “a positive effect on Missouri’s job market.” The measure will allow competency-based, private business initiated apprenticeships instead of state occupational licensing requirements.
“From my perspective, these government licensing requirements often get in the way of business growth which, in turn, gets in the way of economic growth,” Burlison wrote.
Burlison touted his actions to protect contractors and subcontractors from frivolous lawsuits in Senate Bill 762. That measure exempted builders from the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA).
The Senator said that multiple lawsuits had been filed against home builders and subcontractors who were not liable in the situation being considered and then harassed for settlements versus the prospect of prolonged legal processes.
He also spoke of the controversial bills that would allow motorcycle riders to no longer use helmets. Burlison said he helped put a minimum age requirement into the measure and require riders who do not use helmets to have health insurance to cover injuries that could happen in an accident.
Burlison also addressed the COVID-19 outbreak’s impact on the legislative session.
“I believe the Legislature worked diligently to assist Missourians with many of the challenges they faced before COVID-19, during COVID-19 and after COVID-19,” Burlison wrote. “In my opinion, the work accomplished in a shortened time frame is a testament to the passion each legislator has for their constituency and the job entrusted to them by the citizens of Missouri.”