Missouri lawmakers still plan to return to work April 27 even though a statewide stay-at-home order will be in place then.

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers still plan to return to work April 27 even though a statewide stay-at-home order will be in place then. 

Republican Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday announced he's extending the stay-at-home order through May 3.

Asked about waiting until after then to return to the Capitol, Republican Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden said lawmakers are trying to pass a budget by their constitutional May 8 deadline. 

"It is our intention to fulfill that obligation," he said in a statement. "We also believe there are some timely COVID-related policies that we can implement to help the people of Missouri during this difficult time."

Republican House and Senate leaders in a joint statement issued Wednesday said returning April 27 "is absolutely critical for the people of Missouri that we keep the state government funded and services operating without interruption."

Democratic lawmakers have criticized resuming work for anything other than passing a budget and responding to the pandemic. Republican plans appear to be in line with that.