The first regular session of the 97th General Assembly got underway at noon Wednesday. Senate Leader Tom Dempsey, of St. Charles, said preparing for this session started shortly after last year’s session concluded in May.
“And so we’ve had a lot of discussion, but never was it, you know, ‘What do we need to do to ensure a veto override?’ It was really, ‘What are the critical issues facing the state?’”
Minority Leader Jolie Justice, of Kansas City, says, during the year, she plans to back a measure that comes from the Joint Interim Committee on the Criminal Code.
“We’re going to really focus hard on trying to get this through this year. It’s a rewrite of the criminal code, that hasn’t been done in about 40 years. We are going to be working on it because we know that it’s going to help with the administration of justice.”
Other priorities expected during the upcoming session include transportation, growing th economy, and attracting new business to Missouri. Economic development, building infrastructure, and investing in education have also been listed.