[R] SB 308 MO (Anti-Discrimination Against Israel Act)
What it does:
Missouri lawmakers introduced a bill in January 2019 that would require state contractors to certify in writing that they are not engaged in a boycott of Israel, excluding companies with less than 10 employees and contracts less than $100,000.
SB 308 is similar to a bill defeated in 2018 with the addition of the 10-employee threshold. The proposed thresholds may reduce the number of individuals affected by the law, but will not resolve the law’s underlying constitutional issues.
Read the bill:
Victory! The Missouri state legislature failed to pass the anti-boycott bill, described below, before the end of the 2018 legislative session.
In 2018, SB 849 and HB 2179 were introduced in the Missouri legislature. If passed, they would require prospective state contractors to certify in writing that they are not engaged in a boycott of Israel. The bills apply to all companies as well as nonprofit organizations. Contracts worth less than $10,000 are excluded from the bills' requirement.
SB 849 and HB 2179 are unconstitutional. Political boycotts are protected by the First Amendment, and the government may not condition government contracts on the requirement that prospective contractors forgo their First Amendment right to participate in such boycotts.
On April 25, 2018, HB 2179 passed the Missouri House on a party-line vote. Every Republican member of the House voted for the bill. Every Democrat present for the vote voted against the bill.
Click here to read a Coalition Memo opposing SB 849 and HB 2179, by Palestine Legal and others
Read the bill: SB 849