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PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, prudently designed economic development programs accelerate Missouri's economic growth through the creation of a vibrant business climate that attracts new employers to Missouri and encourages existing businesses to expand; and

WHEREAS, the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, Compete Missouri Initiative, data storage centers, recruitment of significant amateur sporting events and the creation of an international export hub to facilitate the expansion of Missouri exports are critical programs that capture Missouri's bold vision and competitive spirit and will spur economic expansion in all corners of this state; and

WHEREAS, economic development programs must include transparency, accountability and return on investment and be implemented in a fiscally prudent manner; and

WHEREAS, economic incentives and tax credit programs must be regularly reviewed to ensure those programs are effective in addressing their purpose and provide appropriate return on investment; and

WHEREAS, implementation of tax credit reform will inject accountability, transparency and result in taxpayer funds being spent in a fiscally effective manner; and

WHEREAS, legislation to modernize Department of Revenue collection measures and a period of tax amnesty will benefit citizens of the State of Missouri and have a positive impact on general revenue; and

WHEREAS, Conference Committee Substitute for House Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 282, passed during the First Regular Session of the Ninety-Sixth General Assembly, would have moved Missouri's Presidential Primary to March, 2012; and

WHEREAS, Conference Committee Substitute for House Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 282 was vetoed due to the inclusion of objectionable provisions unrelated to the moving of the date for the Presidential Primary; and

WHEREAS, a March, 2012 Presidential Primary will allow Missouri to remain a crucial state during the presidential nomination process; and

WHEREAS, the First Regular Session of the Ninety-Sixth General Assembly considered but failed to pass legislation that would have transferred supervision and control over the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to the City of St. Louis; 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 economic development legislation, tax credit reform, tax amnesty legislation, enhancement of Department of Revenue collection measures, moving the date of the 2012 Presidential Primary and transitioning the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to local control 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-Sixth General Assembly of the State of Missouri in the First Extra Session of the First 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 September 6, 2011; and

I HEREBY state that the action of said General Assembly is deemed necessary concerning each matter specifically designated and limited hereinafter as follows:

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 22nd day of August, 2011.

[Jay Nixon's signature]

Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon
GOVERNOR

ATTEST:

[Robin Carnahan's signature]

Robin Carnahan
Secretary of State

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