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The Missouri Restaurant Association represents the interests of the restaurant industry before the Missouri Legislature in Jefferson City with a continual presence at the Capitol. Recognizing that many elected officials lack even an elementary understanding of the harmful impact various taxes, fees, and regulations can have on small businesses, jobs, and the Missouri economy, MRA works diligently to educate legislators and monitor legislation on your behalf.

A restaurant operator cannot truthfully claim to have a finger on the pulse of the business without being informed about legislative matters.  The legislature has the ability to affect the rates you pay for utilities, the amounts you pay for insurance, the wages you pay employees, and other matters of critical importance to your business. Whenever the legislature is in session in Jefferson City, there is significant risk to your restaurant operation.

For this reason, our contract lobbyist, Brent Hemphill and his staff are in the halls of the Capitol working on your behalf each and every day.  Restaurant owners manage other types of risk in their business with insurance, safety procedures, and audits.  They manage the risk of harmful legislation by being a member of the Missouri Restaurant Association.

By standing together as an Association with a loud and united voice, MRA effectively represents your business and the restaurant industry in Jefferson City.

Now this is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky, And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die. As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk, the law runneth forward and back; For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

From “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling

Keep up to date on the latest state and federal legislative issues impacting the industry. Search for bills, legislators, and other using the links below.

Missouri House of Representatives

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U.S. House of Representatives Lookup

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Federal Bill Search


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