Missouri House Passes Bill Barring Israel Boycotters From Large State Contracts

Under the measure, companies that seek state government contracts must sign a document pledging not to boycott Israel in order to do business with Missouri

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Cnaan Liphshiz
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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, left, and Columbia Mayor Brian Treece emerge from the governor's office in the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri, March 18, 2020.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, left, and Columbia Mayor Brian Treece emerge from the governor's office in the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri, March 18, 2020. Credit: David A Lieb/AP
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Cnaan Liphshiz

The Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill that would prevent the state from doing business with some companies that boycott Israel.

The Anti-Discrimination Against Israel Act passed Thursday in a 95-40 vote. The state Senate had passed the measure last month in a 29-1 vote.

The bill advances to Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, for his signature to become law.

Under the measure, companies that seek state government contracts must sign a document pledging not to boycott Israel in order to do business with Missouri. Companies with fewer than 10 employees or those with government contracts worth less than $100,000 are exempt.

Missouri is the 28th state to pass legislation against attempts to boycott Israel, according to The Associated Press.

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