Lt. Gov. Mike Parson is urging the Missouri Legislature to call a special session to find state funding for in-home health services and address the status of embattled Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal.
On Thursday, Parson asked lawmakers to convene in conjunction with the upcoming veto session to address both issues.
Roughly 8,000 Missourians will lose access to in-home and specialty nursing services after the eligibility requirements were tightened in Gov. Eric Greitens’ budget this spring. Lawmakers approved a plan to sweep roughly $35 million from other state accounts to pay for those services, but Greitens vetoed that bill at the end of June.
Parson also said he wished to provide an update on the situation involving Chappelle-Nadal, the University City Democrat who posted on Facebook that she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated. Parson penned a letter in August, calling on the Senate to expel Chappelle-Nadal, calling her comments and conduct “unbecoming” of a state senator.
Parson did not call for a session to discipline Rep. Warren Love, a Republican who has come under fire for saying on Facebook that vandals who defaced a Confederate monument in the Springfield National Cemetery should be “hung from a tall tree with a long rope.” When asked by reporters if the two issues were tied together, an all or nothing scenario, Parson said he felt both should be dealt with in a special session.