WHEREAS, automobile manufacturing and the supplier industry that automobile production supports are vital to our State's economy; and
WHEREAS, automobile manufacturing facilities and suppliers are located in every corner of this State; and
WHEREAS, it is critical to the communities where these highly-skilled workers are employed that the automobile manufacturing and supplier industry remains a vibrant sector of Missouri's economy; and
WHEREAS, during the Second Regular Session of the Ninety-Fifth General Assembly, the General Assembly considered legislation that would have provided key economic development investments in the automobile manufacturing and supplier industry; and
WHEREAS, the failure to enact an economic development bill that prudently invests in Missouri's automobile manufacturing and supplier industry in a measured manner by creating jobs and continuing the role of Missouri as a national leader in this industry constitutes an immediate economic threat to the well-being of the economy of the State of Missouri; and
WHEREAS, during the Second Regular Session of the Ninety-Fifth General Assembly, the General Assembly considered legislation that would have modernized the state employee retirement system; and
WHEREAS, the proposed legislation would have required employee contributions and changed retirement eligibility criteria for certain state employees hired after January 1, 2011, provided financial stability to the state employee retirement system and protected its defined benefit plan; and
WHEREAS, Article IV, Section 9 of the Missouri Constitution authorizes the Governor on extraordinary occasions to convene the General Assembly by proclamation, wherein he shall state specifically each matter on which action is deemed necessary; and
WHEREAS, the need for an economic development program promoting investment in Missouri's automobile manufacturing and supplier industry and modernization of the state employee retirement system are extraordinary occasions as envisioned by Article IV, Section 9 of the Missouri Constitution.
NOW THEREFORE, on the extraordinary occasions that exist in the State of Missouri:
I, JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution of the State of Missouri, do, by this Proclamation, convene the Ninety-Fifth General Assembly of the State of Missouri in the First Extra Session of the Second Regular Session; and
I HEREBY call upon the Senators and Representatives of said General Assembly to meet in the State Capitol in the City of Jefferson at the hour of 12:00 p.m., Central Daylight Time, on June 24, 2010; and
I HEREBY state that the action of said General Assembly is deemed necessary concerning each matter specifically designated and limited hereinafter as follows:
- To enact legislation establishing an economic development program designed to support and strengthen the automobile manufacturing and supplier industry through the providing of benefits in the form of retained withholding taxes for qualifying jobs at automobile manufacturing facilities and their suppliers.
- To enact legislation modernizing various aspects of the state employee retirement system by requiring employee contributions and changing retirement eligibility criteria and employee options for individuals hired after January 1, 2011, and further establishing additional efficiencies and oversight and maximizing investment returns for the retirement system. This matter is restricted and no legislation enacted hereunder may affect the Public School Retirement System of Missouri or the Public Education Employee Retirement System of Missouri other than to exempt such systems from the legislation.
- To allow the Senate to consider appointments to boards, commissions, departments, and divisions that require advice and consent of the Senate.
- Such additional and other matters as may be recommended by the Governor by special message to the General Assembly after it shall have been convened.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 18th day of June, 2010.
[Jay Nixon's signature]
Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State