Missouri House panel considers changes to ‘human rights’ law

Advocates say it will bring business; opponents fear it will allow discrimination

A proposal to change Missouri’s Human Rights Commission law either will help the state attract more businesses — or will set the clock back half a century and allow more instances of discrimination.

Those were the conflicting messages delivered at a House Workforce Development and Workplace Safety Committee hearing this past week.

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Rep. Kevin Elmer’s bill proposes a number of changes to current law, prompted partly by court decisions, he said.

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