A newly created House committee will examine whether a special legislative session is needed to assist in the recovery from a deadly tornado in Joplin and flooding in southeastern Missouri.
The House Interim Committee on Disaster Recovery was to make its recommendation by the end of July. The committee also was tasked with examining long-term recovery strategies and ways for Missouri to be better prepared for future natural disasters.
A report with those findings was to be submitted by the end of the year.
Cities and towns along the Missouri River should begin preparing for major flooding in the next few weeks, according to federal officials.
The high water levels on the Missouri in the upper Great Plains are being blamed on a near-year’s worth of rainfall in a few week’s time -- and 140 percent more snowfall in the areas of the Rocky Mountains adjacent to the Missouri River basin.
Missouri tax revenue is higher than last year, but a dip in individual income tax collections last month has prompted some concern.
Eleven months through the current budget year, revenue has increased from last year by 2.7 percent to $6.5 billion. However, the state Office of Administration reported Thursday that individual income tax collections were down 1.4 percent from May 2011 to May 2010.
The two state Senators who represent the bulk of St. Louis city are continuing to express concerns about a proposed state legislative district map that splits the city into a northern and southern half.
The city is currently divided along a line that travels roughly along Grand Avenue. That, says Democratic state Senator Robin Wright-Jones, makes both the districts very diverse.
The proposed map, she says, resets 40 years of battling racial divisions.