Missouri legislative leaders announce committee chairs

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Members of a changed Missouri legislative committee will deal with concerns raised after the fatal police shooting of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson.

Legislative leaders on Monday announced new committees and chairs for the 2015 session.

A Senate committee that previously dealt only with bills related to transportation and infrastructure now also will tackle public safety topics.

Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says some bills addressing concerns raised after Michael Brown’s shooting by a white Ferguson officer will head to that committee.

Those likely will include bills to require that police wear body cameras and measures to curb police use of deadly force.

House Speaker John Diehl created select standing committees to provide additional oversight on bills. There are 55 House committees, a few less than last year.