Lawmakers question Nixon’s call for Ferguson special session

Tim Jones | Photo courtesy of Tim Jones
Tim Jones | Photo courtesy of Tim Jones

Gov. Jay Nixon announced he will call a special session of the state legislature to approve funding for National Guard and Missouri Highway Patrol operations in Ferguson, but some legislative leaders are questioning the need for such a session.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, said the special session is unnecessary and that there is plenty of money in the state budget to cover efforts in Ferguson. House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, said it was important to ensure Nixon’s request was valid and not driven by political motivations.

Nixon, a Democrat, has said the continued presence of the National Guard and Highway Patrol in Ferguson will cost the state beyond what’s authorized for emergency duties. The governor sent personnel to the St. Louis suburb in August amid unrest after Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot teenager Michael Brown, and again last week after a grand jury declined to indict Wilson.

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Missourinet

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