JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri legislature may be returning for a third extraordinary session this year.
Lt. Governor Mike Parson issued a statement Thursday, calling for legislators to convene themselves in special session during next week's veto override session. Parson is asking lawmakers to take a look at two items in particular during that session. First, he is hoping to address $35 million of funding for several state programs, including in home and community based health care programs for seniors. Second would be dealing with disciplining Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who posted a comment on Facebook a few weeks ago calling for the assassination of President Donald Trump. Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard says while he supports the legislature calling themselves into special session, it still requires some work.
"To call ourselves in, it's a large, large number. it's three-fourths of the entire Senate, and I have to see if we have that, and also three-fourths of the House," Richard says.
Lt. Governor Parson is suggesting the legislature use the veto session because it will not cost Missouri tax payers additional money to have the lawmakers back in Jefferson City during that time.