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Missouri special session starts today


By Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City today for a special legislative session.

Gov. Matt Blunt wants them to pass a paired-down version of the tax credit bill he vetoed last month and fix a glitch that's delayed the rewarding of a contract to repair over 800 bridges across the state.

Blunt wants lawmakers to focus only on the tax credit and bridge legislation. However, House Floor Leader Tom Dempsey says it's possible that some lawmakers might try to get other issues passed by amending the two bills.

"Obviously that's open to interpretation by the Speaker of the House or the presiding officer in the Senate," Dempsey says.

A small handful of House members will hold a technical session at 1:00 to introduce the tax credit and bridge bills, then two House committees will vote on the bills Tuesday.

The full House is scheduled to debate and vote them out on Thursday, and if they pass, the Senate will take them up next Monday the 27th.


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