Looking to apportion COVID-19 funding, Parson calls year’s second special session

Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday called a special session of the Missouri General Assembly to address a supplemental budget for spending federal coronavirus relief funds. The session is scheduled to start on Nov. 5.

According to a statement from the governor’s office, the session will provide access to COVID-19 relief funding the state has received since Missouri’s 2021 fiscal year budget was passed in May, when the normal legislative session ended.

This is the second special session Parson has convened this year. He called lawmakers back to Jefferson City this summer to address violent crime in the state, resulting in two bills that he signed into law in September.

In the upcoming special session, funds for things like school lunches, homelessness prevention and job training are expected to be apportioned, according to the governor’s office.

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