A couple of weeks ago, Governor Mike Parson announced he would call a special session of the Missouri General Assembly to convene on Monday, July 27th, to address ‘violent crime.’
The legislative priorities of this particular special session include six public safety-related issues meant to curb violent crime across Missouri. One proposal by the Governor’s Office would increase the penalty for a person who knowingly sells or delivers any firearm to a child less than 18 years without the consent of the child’s parent or guardian.
Another priority focuses on the legality of trying a juvenile as an adult for the offense of unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. Additional topics include a debate over residency requirements for St. Louis law enforcement, modifications to the offense of endangering the welfare of a child concerning a weapons offense, as well as new funding for pretrial witness protection and changes to the admissibility of certain witness statements in court.
Although this special session technically began on Monday, July 27th, it is unlikely any substantive work will occur until after the Primary Election on Tuesday, August 4th.
The Chamber will keep members apprised of any legislation passed during the special session and will continue to advocate, along with the U.S. and Missouri Chambers of Commerce, for another special session. This additional session may occur in September in conjunction with the annual, regularly scheduled Veto Session, to address COVID-19 related business liability as well as budgetary concerns including online sales tax collection and funding for education.