Missouri General Assembly begins special session

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JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson called legislators back to Jefferson City for a special session starting Monday to run concurrently with the veto session.

Parson announced the special session to address motor vehicle sales tax allowances on Aug. 21.

This decision came after the Missouri Supreme Court ruled in June that a couple could not turn in more than one used car in order to reduce the sales tax bill on the purchase of a new car. 

"After reviewing the Court's decision, we've decided to call a special session because it's simply the right thing to do for the people of our state," Parson said in a statement. "The enforcement of this decision would create a financial burden on Missouri taxpayers and unnecessary government red tape that we can proactively prevent."

Parson has said "the average person" will benefit from the special legislative session at a news conference in August. 

Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, said he agrees with the session's agenda.

"That's the governor's prerogative, and that's the issue we need to correct," he said.

But some lawmakers who returned to Jefferson City this week said the issue could have waited until the regular session.

"This is nothing that is that important," said Rep. Jerome Barnes, D-Raytown. "It could wait for the regular session that starts in January."

Barnes said this week could be used to address gun violence.

"We do plan trying to discuss some of the gun violence on the floor," he said.

Basye said he agrees with the governor that the issue of gun violence is not appropriate to tackle during the special session.

During the veto session on Wednesday, lawmakers will take up as many as six laws previously vetoed by the governor.