Gov. Nixon to call special session over funding
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that he will call a special session of the state General Assembly to provide funding for public safety efforts related to protests in the Ferguson area.
A news release from the governor’s office issued late Friday says that due to the increased presence of the State Highway Patrol and the Missouri National Guard in the region, the state’s financial obligations for emergency duties are on track to exceed what is appropriated.
The statement says that Nixon held a call with legislative leaders Friday night and that more details about the session will be announced in the coming days.
Protests have been ongoing since a grand jury’s recent decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.