JOPLIN, Mo. - Senate Bill 800, also known as the "Meet in Missouri Act," is expected to be passed sometime in the next few weeks. Astra Ferris with the Lamar Chamber of Commerce says it would give local chambers and convention and visitor bureaus a leg up in landing conventions. The act would provide a pool of money to help offset the cost of bringing conventions to the state. We spoke with State Senator Ron Richard, who says the bill will likely be approved by both the House and Senate before much longer.
"We can draw up to a million dollars to help pay for the event, and attract this event, and we believe that it's going to be paying for itself," said Senator Ron Richard, (R)-District 32.
"Having this money available from the state to help us attract those conventions, then also helps us grow our economy," said Astra Ferris, Barton County Chamber of Commerce.
The bill has already received Senate approval, and is working its way through the House of Representatives.