MO Statehouse
5:23 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Mo. special session in limbo

Lawmakers have left Jefferson City and are not scheduled to return, even though the special session is still officially underway.  House and Senate leaders are still at odds over a wide-ranging tax credit bill.

The only legislative action so far this week was Monday’s technical session in the Missouri Senate, in which two Senators gaveled the chamber in, took no action, then gaveled out about a minute later.  The House is scheduled to hold a similarly brief session on Thursday.

There’s still no progress on tax credits, the issue that’s brought the special session to a grinding halt.  The House and Senate strongly disagree over whether historic preservation and low-income housing tax credits should be capped, and over how much oversight the Economic Development Department, which answers to Governor Jay Nixon (D), should have over some incentive programs.

If lawmakers don't return and pass any more bills, the 60-day special session will expire on Nov. 4.