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Missouri Legislature convening with new faces in many places

(MGN Online)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri will have new faces in many places when the General Assembly convenes for its annual session.

Republicans will still be in charge when the legislative session starts at noon Wednesday, but they will have new leaders.

Rep. Elijah Haahr and Sen. Dave Schatz are expected to be elected by colleagues to take over the top positions in the House and Senate after their predecessors were prohibited by term limits from seeking re-election.

They will be working with Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who took over in June after Eric Greitens resigned while facing allegations of sexual and political misconduct.

Parson wants to emphasize workforce development and infrastructure.

Lawmakers also are expected to consider how to enforce tax collections on online purchases and whether to revise a voter-approved redistricting amendment.

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