St. Louis Public Radio News
6:08 pm
Wed July 29, 2009

Shields: Mo. special session unlikely

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's top-ranking State Senator doesn't think there'll be a special legislative session this year.

Senate President Pro-tem Charlie Shields (R, St. Joseph) says so far, there is no consensus on the two most likely issues a special session would cover: Health care and infrastructure.

"We're looking at, right now, going into August, and if we're not there within a relatively short amount of time, it (would) probably just make sense to wait till the regular session," Shields said.

A spokesman for Governor Jay Nixon says, though, that discussions are ongoing into whether to call lawmakers back to Jefferson City this year, although no decision has been made yet.

Governor Jay Nixon wants to use a bond program to draw down federal dollars for various projects in Missouri. Doing so this year would likely require a special session.