A key Missouri lawmaker is asking Governor Mike Parson to call a September special session on the state IT overhaul issue. Lawmakers heard more than three hours of testimony this week about the state’s outdated IT systems, which include fax machines. Excelsior Springs State Representative Doug Richey, who chairs the House Subcommittee on federal stimulus spending, says the issue has strong bipartisan support:


Missouri’s Office of Administration (OA) testifies that it will cost 83-million dollars to overhaul the state’s IT system, along with an annual 36-million dollar maintenance cost. Lawmakers want to tap into federal stimulus funding to pay for the project.