Parson to address joint legislative session, begin statewide tour

Gov. Mike Parson is scheduled to address a joint session of the Missouri Legislature on Monday evening in Jefferson City ahead of a statewide listening tour that’s slated to cover nine cities Tuesday and Wednesday.

On the tour, the Republican governor will visit with community leaders about issues including “infrastructure, workforce and economic development, and the urban and rural divide,” according to a press release from his office.

The speech will begin at 5:05 p.m.

Parson also continues to mull options for finding someone to replace him as the state’s lieutenant governor. Parson, who vacated the office to become the state’s 57th governor after former Gov. Eric Greitens’ resignation, is considering calling a special session of the legislature to address a bill that would let him appoint a lieutenant governor, Missourinet reports.

The session likely would take place in September, when lawmakers return to Jefferson City for the annual veto session, according to Missourinet, and Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, has emerged as a leading candidate to fill the seat.

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