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Legislation would prohibit Missouri to contract jobs outside the U.S.

March 17, 2004
By: Matt Johnson
State Capital Bureau
Links: HB 1497,HB 1474

Missouri would no longer outsource state jobs overseas under a proposal heard in committee today (Wednesday). Matt Johnson tells how legislators are teaming up to push this measure.

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Democratic Representative Mark Abel proposed the legislation, saying he wants government jobs to stay in Missouri.

One supporter of the bill--Representative David Pearce--says he hopes legislators can work together to provide a solution to keep jobs in the state.

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"We've got some wonderful businesses in the state of Missouri, that because of their international businesses...they do have call centers all around the world...and so we've got to do a little bit more research to make sure we are not hurting legitimate Missouri business."


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Pearce proposed his own bill to prohibit the state from contracting state call center employees from out of the U-S.

Pearce says the two bills are separate yet similar, and he's confident they will work well together.

From the state Capitol, I'm Matt Johnson.Date:03-17-2004

Under pending legislation, Missouri would no longer contract state jobs outside the U-S. Matt Johnson tells why lawmakers want to keep jobs local.

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State Representative Mark Abel has proposed a bill that prohibits the state from contracting work overseas.

He's working closesly with Representative David Pearce, who propsed a bill that prohibits contracting foreign call center employees.

One supporter of the joint issue--Senator Chuck Gross--says the state needs to keep its employees local.

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"Those are state fiscal issues that I think we need to address...what is the policy of the state in terms of what kind of position we're going to have on jobs that we are promoting that are not only leaving Missouri, but leaving the United States."

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Some businesses testified in opposition to the bill in a committee hearing.

From the state Capitol, I'm Matt Johnson.