The speech is set for 3 p.m. on Jan. 19, exactly two weeks after the legislative session gets underway.
Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic threw Parson’s address into a kerfuffle as the Governor’s Office and legislature had to scramble to relocate the speech at the eleventh hour.
Multiple senators were out of the building after testing positive for or being exposed to COVID-19, and the House had canceled its proceedings the week prior due to an outbreak on its side of the building.
Just ahead of the address, which was planned to be given in the House, lawmakers were at loggerheads: Senators did not want to move to the lower chamber where many members did not wear face masks, and representatives weren’t too keen on welcoming potentially sick senators to their chambers.
The Governor’s Office said it was informed it could not use the House chambers the morning of the speech, and Parson gave his State of the State address in the Senate chambers where lawmakers’ desks are more distant. Members of the media congregated in the designated press gallery, and fourth-floor gallery seats were saved for executive branch officials. Some House members also watched from the upper gallery.
Parson, then, emphasized workforce development and infrastructure in his speech.
The new legislative session gets underway on Jan. 5.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn was the editor in chief of The Missouri Times from 2020-2022. She joined the newspaper in early 2019 after working as a reporter for Fox News in New York City.
Throughout her career, Kaitlyn has covered political campaigns across the U.S., including the 2016 presidential election, and humanitarian aid efforts in Africa and the Middle East.
She is a native of Missouri who studied journalism at Winthrop University in South Carolina. She is also an alumna of the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C.
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