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Governor Says No to Bi-Partisan Call for Special Session

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Following an event in Springfield today, Governor Matt Blunt says he will NOT call a special session so lawmakers can re-create the program known as ticket-to-work...The program allows disabled individuals to work and earn money while still receiving government healthcare. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Following an event in Springfield today, Governor Matt Blunt says he will NOT call a special session so lawmakers can re-create the program known as ticket-to-work...The program allows disabled individuals to work and earn money while still receiving government healthcare.

Several lawmakers, both Republicans and Democrats are asking the governor to call a special session so they can restore the ticket-to-work program.

Republican Representative Mark Wright of Springfield says lawmakers were right to do away with the original program because it had become too big and too costly.

But he says it's wrong to wait until the next legislative session in January to re-store a leaner version of the program.

Last year, Governor Matt Blunt called lawmakers into special session to pass legislation aimed at limiting abortions.

He says there was a pressing need for that legislation.

When asked how he would explain his decision to not call a special session for the ticket-to-work legislation to a disabled individual, Blunt had this to say.

Blunt says lawmakers' inability to pass a new version of ticket-to-work shows there was no consensus on how to re-create the program.

But lawmakers say there was consensus on ticket-to-work...and the legislation failed to pass because lawmakers ran out of time.

Republican Representative Mark Wright of Springfield says he hopes the governor will re-consider his decision not to call a special session.

Wright says the governor should call the special session to run concurrent to the annual September veto session, when lawmakers are in Jefferson City anyway.