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Few lawmakers show up to kick off the special session.

Date: September 6, 2011
By: Jenner Smith
State Capitol Bureau

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Thirty of the 163 members of the Missouri House of Representatives met today (Tuesday) to kick off the state’s special session.
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Wrap: Both Democrats and Republicans were not concerned by the near 20 percent attendance. Carthage Republican Representative Tom Flanigan believes full attendance for a technical session would be a waste of time and money for the state. 

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Description: “You don’t want to bring in this many people for a short period of time without accomplishing anything. It’s a waste of taxpayer funds and it’s a waste of time of the legislature.”


Lawmakers read five bills during today's session. Two major bills address tax credit reform and the local control of the St. Louis Police Department.

The House will meet Wednesday morning for another technical session.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Jenner Smith.

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A St. Louis Representative is optimistic her bill will pass into law during the state's special session.
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Wrap: St. Louis Democratic Representative Jamilah Nasheed is confident that her bill regarding local control of the St. Louis Police Department will reach the governor's desk by the end of the special session.

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Description: "We have a strong coalition of individuals that are pushing for local control during this special session. So, I’m very optimistic that it will pass out of the house, out of the senate and onto the governor’s desk."

Other bills introduced at today's session included tax credit reform for the proposed China hub at Lambert Airport and legislation regarding tax amnesty for Missourians.

The House will meet Wednesday morning for another technical session.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Jenner Smith.


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