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GOP leaders to Gov. Jay Nixon: Do we really need a special session?

Missourinet is reporting that GOP leaders in the General Assembly aren’t convinced that a special session is needed to deal with the mounting costs of providing security for Ferguson.

Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, has said he’s calling a special session in December to make sure that costs for security by the Missouri National Guard and Highway Patrol are paid on time. He hasn’t set the date.

But over the weekend, House Speaker Tim Jones and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer raised questions about the need for the session.

“We just want to make sure that the Governor’s request is valid, that it’s honest, that it’s accurate, before we go and try and do anything with taxpayer dollars,” House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka) told Missourinet.

“It’s a tough balancing act,” Jones continued. “Every single one of us wants to make sure the Guard is fully prepared and fully funded.”

Said Schaefer:

“There are a lot of options that we’re not quite sure why the Governor isn’t pursuing,” said Schaefer, “but we’ll find that out I guess.”

The guess here is that part of what’s going on is the GOP Legislature flexing its muscles while Nixon is in the dumps over his handling of Ferguson. I mean, if a governor can’t even call a special session for something like Ferguson without being questioned, what can he do?