The state legislature has some unfinished business that might be important enough to call it back into session before next January.
Lawmakers are due back in Jefferson City in September to consider overriding any vetoes from the Governor. That’s in the constitution. Special sessions can be called by the governor at any time, and some lawmakers hope he calls one.
Two issues are high on the list of special session topics—economic development and the location of a site for a second nuclear power plant. Senate leader Rob Mayer of Dexter says he talked to the governor last week about a possible special session. But the governor does not want to waste time or money and wants the House and Senate to reach some agreements on those two issues before the call goes out.
The economic development bill focuses on overhauling the state’s tax credit system. It bogged down in the House after the senate passed it. Agreement among competing interests didn’t allow a nuclear plant bill to get to the senate until the last 40 minutes of the session. Senate floor leader Tom Dempsey knows that wasn’t enough time to pass the bill, but he says so much work had been done on it that it deserved some exposure.