Legislators will return to the capitol for special session on Sept. 6 to pass a comprehensive jobs bill and other measures that seek to increase state revenue. Governor Nixon says he’s reached consensus with legislative leadership to create jobs and ensure continued fiscal discipline. Nixon spokesman Scott Holste says in addition to passing a sweeping jobs bill, one key issue is creating a cargo hub at Lambert airport in St. Louis.
Also on the agenda, cutting some tax credits to increase revenue, enacting the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act and the Compete Missouri Initiative to attract and boost businesses, and passing legislation to help construct and develop high-tech data centers.
The annual legislative veto session is set for Sept. 13, the week following special session.
Holste says decisions Missouri’s unemployment rate is dropping, but job growth is still at the forefront of the Governor’s priorities.
Other measures expected to be taken up during special session are enacting legislation authorizing the transition of governing the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department from a board of police commissioners to the City of St. Louis, and authorizing tax credits to help attract amateur sporting events to Missouri. The St. Louis Police Department has been under the control of a board of police commissioners since the Civil War.