State lawmaker seeks special session on Bootheel aluminum plant issue

A state lawmaker from southeast Missouri is asking Gov. Eric Greitens to call a special legislative session aimed at creating about 500 to 600 new jobs in the Bootheel.

The Missouri House voted 148-2 last week in favor of an amendment proposed by State Rep. Don Rone, R-Portageville, to give the Public Service Commission the right to negotiate affordable power rates for an aluminum plant he hopes can reopen.

The bill died in the Senate. During an emotional Thursday floor speech, Rone told House colleagues he is proud to represent one of the poorest districts in the state. Rone also noted his proposal would help restore about 400 jobs at the former Noranda site, and would help create 200 jobs at a new Bootheel steel mill.

Greitens’ spokesman Parker Briden said Monday that the governor had not yet made a decision regarding calling a special session, but said “all options are on the table.”

Read more: Missourinet

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