Missouri lawmakers are considering Senate Bill 354, which would forbid businesses from charging customers a premium to pay with plastic. Sponsor Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale) referred to the bill as a consumer protection measure that would keep customers from being caught off guard by such surcharges. “It’s more of an attempt to address the surprise nature of it,” he said. Although governmental agencies like the Department of Motor Vehicles are not covered under the bill, Schmitt said that they should not be exempt and may be addressed in a later version of the proposal. Under SB 354, businesses can still choose whether to accept credit cards at all. David Overfelt, president of the Missouri Retailers Association, opposed the measure, pointing out that businesses are already required in some cases to post notice when a surcharge is added.