Parson defends special session reasoning, says gun reform can wait until January

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Mo. — Gov. Mike Parson is defending his position to call a special session on motor vehicle tax allowances after pressure was put on him by lawmakers across the state to switch the focus to gun reform.

Legislators around the state have been pushing Parson to change the reason for the special session to talk about gun violence and reform instead.

“If we’re going to be spending taxpayer dollars, which it will cost money for us to go back, we gavel in on Monday and will be there until Wednesday, if not, Thursday,” said Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield). “That’s going to cost money on taxpayers and if we’re going to do that, it should be used for true emergencies, not for an extra tax loophole that’s only going to affect about 3,000 people.”

Parson stood by his decision in a press conference on Wednesday.

“We’re going to do whatever I feel like we can at the state level, to do whatever resources we have, I feel within my powers to do that, and also to stay in my lane of my powers to do that,” said Parson. “On the gun issue, it’s just not a gun issue. This issue is not just a gun issue right now. This is a society issue and we got to figure out how we all work together.”

The special session was called over a week ago and will start Monday, Sept. 9. It will run concurrently with the veto session.

Taxpayers will be paying an estimated $16,000 for this special session.

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