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Missouri lawmakers head to Jefferson City for special session

13 June 2017

Special sessions of the Missouri Legislature are typically reserved for emergency budget matters but that isn't the case this year.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens says he called lawmakers back to the Capitol partly in response to a recent federal judge's ruling that struck down some state abortion laws. The ordinance, which also bans such discrimination in housing, was approved in the heavily Democratic city to pre-empt anti-abortion measures during the regular legislative session.

The main target of state lawmakers during this summer's special session will be a city ordinance meant to prevent women from being discriminated against based on "reproductive health decisions" when searching for housing and employment.

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State lawmakers to meet Monday for. She says there already are strict standards on abortion and a special session is unneeded. Bob Onder, a Republican from Lake St. Louis, told the Associated Press.

Republican Governor Eric Greitens has signed into law a bill that lets Missourians choose whether they want a non-compliant driver's license or a so-called REAL ID for access to planes, military bases and federal facilities.

Democratic opponents and groups such as Planned Parenthood have decried the session as a waste of money and an attack on women's reproductive rights.

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They were called into special session last month by Governor Eric Greitens to debate a utility-rate reduction for two prospective employers. State senators even threatened to jail an executive of that Planned Parenthoodbecause she would not hand over private medical documents to state legislators in 2016.

As for this special session, it's unclear what the outcome regarding abortion rights will be. Special sessions can cost as much as $28,000 a week in the Senate and between $50,000 and $100,000 in the House, depending on how many lawmakers attend.

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Missouri lawmakers head to Jefferson City for special session