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Governor Mike Parson announced today that the Missouri General Assembly will be called back in for a Special Session concurrent with Veto Session.  The Special Session will take place the week of September 10-14 and will focus on the passage of computer science course access and awareness of career opportunities through STEM education as well as expanding treatment courts in the State of Missouri.

Merit reform legislation passed by the State of Missouri General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session takes effect today, giving the state greater flexibility in how it manages its workforce. The State of Missouri now has the ability to identify and implement new ways to attract the best-qualified job candidates and recognize employees’ superior performance. Ultimately, merit reform will allow the state to strengthen its teams within all 16 executive departments to better serve the citizens of Missouri.

Today, Governor Parson signed the FY2019 budget bills passed by the General Assembly and highlighted priorities of improving infrastructure, increasing workforce development, curbing opioid abuse, fully funding K-12, and stabilizing higher education budgets.

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Five infrastructure improvement projects that increase safety, minimize congestion, support efficient freight movement, and promote economic development in Missouri are now possible as a result of more than $90 million in federal grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

On Monday, Knob Noster Public Schools was awarded an education activity grant from the Department of Defense totaling $2.25 Million.

On Friday, Governor Mike Parson met with members of the Department of Social Services, the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Health and Senior Services, the Department of Mental Health, Missouri Health Care Association leaders, and partners from the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General to prepare to coordinate a Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Task Force.

Governor Parson hosted a roundtable discussion to share information on the expansion of telehealth practices in behavioral health.

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