Parson: Special session issues vital to Missouri's future

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says the two issues that will be taken up in special session next week are crucially important to Missouri's future.

The Republican governor traveled to Springfield, St. Louis and Hannibal Tuesday in preparation for next week's special session to consider bills he vetoed on science education and expanding drug treatment courts. Parson says the special session is aimed at replacing problematic language in both bills.

One would allow high school computer science courses to count toward math, science or practical art credits. The other is a wide-ranging bill dealing with treatment courts, judicial retirement plans and abandoned property cleanup.

During a speech at LaunchCode, a St. Louis non-profit that provides training for tech careers, Parson expressed confidence that both measures can be worked out.

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