MATA is hosting a hybrid convention, “MATA Summer Camp," June 24-27 at the Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark. You’ll have the option of attending in person or virtually via Zoom.
Both MATA and the Lodge are committed to providing a safe environment by adhering to current safety protocols. Because some of you will be with us (numbers may be limited by distancing in the classroom setting) and some will be in your homes or offices, and the same is true for our speakers, staff is working with SeminarWeb and The Lodge on technology modifications to ensure a quality experience for ALL attendees.
Team alert for floor debate in both chambers
The House and Senate were on a short week last week due to the Easter holiday. There are just five weeks left in the legislative session for this year. Time is growing short for the damaging proposals being pushed by the insurance industry.
We are expecting House debate on the Statute of Repose bill to happen at any time. The bill would put a 15-year statute of repose on all products without effective safe useful life or negligence exceptions. The bill was debated for a few hours in the Senate but has not passed either chamber yet.
In the Senate this week, we expect floor debate on changes to the 537.065 statute and arbitrations associated with the agreements. There is a House bill that has been voted out of the Senate Committee and is primed for Senate floor debate. MATA leadership has been working with a small group of attorneys who frequently use these agreements to educate our allies in the Senate and prepare for debate.
The Senate Government Accountability and Fiscal Oversight committee heard a Senate Joint Resolution that would overturn the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan. As we have done in the past, representatives from MATA and MODL sat together in front of the committee to explain why the Plan works so well and why major changes are not needed. The Missouri Bar also testified against the proposal. The House versions of changes to the Plan were heard a few weeks ago, but nothing has been debated on either chamber's floor.
The MATA Executive Committee is on call every day between now and session's end on May 15. At least one member is in town daily to testify in committee against proposals that infringe on the right to a jury trial and educate legislators on the work our members do. Special thanks to MATA President Mark Moreland who has been in Jefferson City every week helping the lobby team.
We still need your help contacting specific legislators, preparing written or remote testimony, and analyzing language. Please reach out to Rachael Klarich or Sara Schuett if you have key connections with any legislators. The need to protect the 7th Amendment is stronger than ever in these times of uncertainty.