Missouri Legislature Returns Monday Afternoon

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JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri General Assembly will get back to work Monday at 4 after a week-long summer vacation.

According to the Assembly's website, the House of Representatives will begin debating the budget as early as Tuesday. The chamber will debate the thirteen bills that comprise the budget for a total of six hours. Other bills up for debate this week include measures to expand custody rights for parents who are deployed overseas, and apply prevailing wage laws to new public works projects.

Meanwhile, the Senate is scheduled to debate a bill requiring security cameras in the Capitol. This comes after Senate President Pro Tempore Rob Mayer received an angry email on Feb. 22 referencing wounded former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and target stickers appeared on the doors of five Democratic senators a month earlier. The bill would also authorize private security contractors to provide armed guards at the Capitol.