Audio: Missouri’s Governor weighs in on 13 requests for special sessions and on FRA Issue

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Missouri’s governor says the only special session he plans to call this year AT THIS POINT involves congressional redistricting, which is required because of the new U.S. Census data.

Governor Mike Parson tells Capitol reporters that he currently has 13 requests for special sessions, on his desk:

 

 

The requests for special sessions include the issue of violent crime in St. Louis and Kansas City, the Grain Belt eminent domain issue in northern Missouri, and on biodiesel.

Parson says daily negotiations continue on the federal reimbursement allowance (FRA) issue. FRA is a key funding mechanism for Missouri Medicaid, and the Senate failed to approve an extension this year … due to a legislative dispute over abortion.

Governor Parson tells Capitol reporters that work continues:

 

 

Democratic lawmakers warn that Missouri faces the possibility of losing billions of dollars for Medicaid since FRA wasn’t extended. FRA will expire on September 30. GOP Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Hegeman tells our St. Joseph affiliate KFEQ that he’s optimistic that a deal can be reached.