Today, Governor Eric Greitens announced that he is bringing the legislature back for a special session on Monday with one topic: the steel mill bill.
At the end of the 2017 legislative session, some career politicians in the Senate blocked efforts to bring a steel mill and other projects to the state of Missouri.
Greitens says the projects could create hundreds of jobs in southeast Missouri.
“We are fighting to bring more jobs to the people of Missouri. Some career politicians failed to do their jobs and then went home. That’s wrong. We’re cancelling their summer vacations and calling a special session to get this done,” says Greitens.
This issue was pushed by Don Rone during the 2017 legislative session, and an amendment aimed at addressing the issue was passed by the House (148-2) but blocked in the Missouri Senate.
The special session will begin at 4:00 P.M. on Monday.
The Missouri Republican Party shared their thoughts on it.
“Governor Eric Greitens promised to fight hard for more jobs and higher pay for the people of Missouri, and he is keeping his word,” says Executive Director Austin Stukins.
“Today, Governor Greitens, called a special session that will focus on bringing jobs back to Missouri, because he knows his job is to fight for jobs. The Governor is a conservative outsider who is keeping his word to Missourians.”
House Speaker Todd Richardson also gave this opinion on the bill that would try to attract a steel plant and an aluminum smelter to the state.
Richardson says “this is an issue that received overwhelming support in the House during the regular session…We will work quickly and efficiently during the extraordinary session to send this important piece of legislation to the governor.”