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An internal bill would prohibit private and public companies from entering into contracts with Russia | State News

JEFFERSON CITY — A bill in the Missouri House of Representatives would ban public and private companies from entering into contracts with Russian entities.

House Bill 2913, which had a committee hearing on Tuesday, would apply to all private or public entities in the state of Missouri that receive public funding. This would limit contracts with any country currently attacking a NATO ally, including Ukraine, Georgia, Finland and Sweden.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 and has been attacking the country ever since. Thousands of Ukrainians and Russian soldiers were killed, according to the Associated Press.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Dean Plocher, R-Des Peres, said at least 100 companies in the United States have gone out of business in Russia. President Joe Biden has imposed sanctions on Russia to prevent the Russian government from carrying out normal business.

Rep. Bridget Walsh Moore, D-St. Louis, stressed that the Russian people “are also dealing with this authoritarian individual”, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“It’s important to note that this is a one-man war,” she said.

In response, Plocher said that this bill “is not against the Russian people. It is against this dictator.

Representative Mike Haffner, R-Pleasant Hill, said the United States still does not exert sufficient economic pressure on the Russian economy. He said if all 50 states stopped contracting with Russia, it would send a strong signal to Washington, DC and Europe.

The bill does not have an emergency resolution, so if passed, it will not come into effect until August.

“It’s my attempt to do what we can to show our support for Ukraine as best we can,” Plocher said.