July 16, 2020 •
Missouri General Assembly to Hold Special Session
Gov. Mike Parson announced a Special Session of the General Assembly beginning July 27 to focus on addressing violent crime in Missouri.
The escalating violence has become especially deadly in St. Louis and Kansas City, and both cities have tried various measures to stem the violence.
A new Kansas City program announced by the White House last week, Operation Legend, will bring in more than 100 agents from the FBI and other agencies to battle violent crime.
Parson said stopping this trend is more than just a big city problem, “It is a Missouri problem and we cannot wait until next session to address it.”
Other states are considering police reforms in the wake of protests.
Parson indicated Missouri lawmakers will focus only on measures that could strengthen laws and put more people behind bars.
He wants lawmakers to focus on six issues: juvenile certification, witness statement admissibility, witness protection funds, the unlawful transfer of weapons, and laws against endangering the welfare of a child.
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