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Sunday, August 19, 2007


House Speaker Rod Jetton’s office confirmed on Aug. 9 that Gov. Matt Blunt will call a special legislative session beginning Aug. 20. The session will be limited to passing a scaled-back version of economic development legislation that Blunt vetoed in July and changing state law to allow the Missouri Department of Transportation to finalize a contract to repair 800 of the state’s worst bridges over the next five years.

House Democrats urged the governor to expand the call to include legislation to fix a flaw in state overtime statutes that is causing budget problems for police and fire departments. The Senate passed such a bill in the regular session, but House Republican leaders blocked it in the lower chamber.

Blunt was expected to issue the formal special session call on Aug. 9 but postponed doing so.

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