Special session costs taxpayers thousands of dollars

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JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Eric Greitens called for the special legislative session on Monday, and it’s costing taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Senate Administrator Marga Hoelscher said she estimates the special session will cost $9,000 for one day and $28,000 for a week (Monday – Friday). But that’s only for the Senate. For the House, she estimated double that: $50,000- $100,000 for a week, depending on how many lawmakers work each day.

These costs cover the following:

  • $113.60 per diem
  • 37 cents per mile for travel reimbursements
  • Support for session-only staff

The special session will go into its fifth day on Friday.