Disasters won't be part of Missouri special session

Monday, August 22, 2011 ~ Updated 6:39 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- It appears Missouri lawmakers will not be discussing natural disasters or the issue of recovery when they return to Jefferson City next month.

Gov. Jay Nixon did not include disaster recovery on the agenda for the special legislative session that he called on Monday. Nixon says damage assessments from the natural disasters have not yet been completed. The governor had indicated earlier this summer that disaster recovery would be included in the special session.

During special sessions, lawmakers are limited to topics outlined by the governor.

St. Louis, Joplin and Sedalia have all been hit by tornadoes since the spring. There have also been damaging floods along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

The special legislative session is scheduled to start on Sept. 6.

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