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12 September 2011

Korman: Special Session Synopsis

Op. note: Senate Bill 282 is misidentified in this missive as Senate Bill 252. SB252 would have modified a tax credit program that defray research expenditures.

If you haven’t heard the Missouri House and the Senate have been called into a special session by the Governor.

The Governor's call for Special Session includes: enacting the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act (MOSIRA); enacting the Compete Missouri Initiative; enacting legislation to increase exports and foreign trade through the development of an international air cargo hub at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport; enacting legislation to help construct and develop high-tech data centers; enacting legislation moving Missouri's Presidential primary to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of each Presidential election year; enacting legislation authorizing the transition of governing the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department from a board of police commissioners to the City of St. Louis; authorizing tax credits to help attract amateur sporting events to Missouri; and repeal specific provisions concerning teacher-student communications that were included in Senate Bill 54.

The General Assembly doesn’t necessarily completely agree with the Governor’s agenda for the Special Session.

Some of the call is to "fix" legislation, Senate Bill 54, which he signed. The legislation started to get some bad press after he signed it. Another is an attempt to prevent a veto override on a bill, Senate Bill 252, which would have eliminated provisions for write-in candidates for municipal elections and which would have imposed special elections instead of appointments for certain office vacancies, the Governor vetoed on July 8, 2011.

Other parts of the Call are his way of "political forcing" the General Assembly to send him bills that we didn't send him in five months of regular session and probably shouldn't be sent to him in just a couple days. There needs to be plenty of time to review the proposed legislation and get input and testimony on how it will affect the citizens and taxpayers of Missouri. I have been watching this legislation in the Senate and all of the changes as they evolve.

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