Gov. Jay Nixon announced Monday afternoon that a special session of the Missouri Legislature will not be needed to discuss funding for the ongoing operations of the Missouri National Guard and the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Ferguson and the St. Louis area.
The governor had previously called for a special session, but Republican leadership, including House Speaker Tim Jones and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer, questioned the need for a meeting of the legislature.
Nixon will use existing appropriations for the State Emergency Management Agency to support operations in Ferguson, where he has increased the National Guard and Missouri State Highway Patrol presence in response to the second wave of riots the area has seen in the last four months. The riots were set off again last week by a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old.