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Gov. Eric Greitens gives a brief statement moments before signing Sen. Dan Brown's right-to-work bill into law Feb 6, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

As one special session ends, Greitens strongly suggests more still to come

As one special session ends, Greitens strongly suggests more still to come

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The first extraordinary session came to an end Friday afternoon as the Senate sent an unaltered House bill to bring jobs relief to the Bootheel to the governor’s desk. It remains to be seen whether or not it was the last extraordinary session of the 2017 interim. When speaking with host

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This Week in the Governor’s Office: Week of May 22

Gov. Eric Greitens had a busy week during the special session, mainly with holding rallies in Southeast Missouri and Jefferson City to support his call for legislation to bring a steel mill to Southeast Missouri. Over 500 people attended Greitens’ event at the now-closed Noranda aluminum smelter to stand alongside Rep. Don Rone, R-Portageville, to lobby for a

Sen. Rob Schaaf filibusters PDMP legislation. May 12, 2016

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Senators sound off as special session begins

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As the Senate convened Thursday morning, senators sounded off in what could be compared to an airing of grievances. Several senators spoke about their concerns with the legislation sent to them by the House Wednesday, others spoke about potential ethical lapses by the Gov. Eric Greitens’ nonprofit, A New Missouri Inc.,

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Expedited CON decision fast tracks approval of $2.3 million MRI in KC

The Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee held an Expedited Certificate of Need “meeting” Tuesday to approve of a $2.3 million request to replace an MRI machine at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Expedited meetings do not occur in person. Instead, committee members usually review the information and vote via email on whether or

Rep. Don Rone speaks on the House floor May 11, 2017 (Photo Courtesy of Tim Bommel/HOUSE COMMS)

House complies with half of Greitens’ call, rejects other half

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House passed Rep. Don Rone’s bill 120-17 with several small amendments, but it lacks language that would give utilities the ability to look at increasing rates for grid modernization which would potentially jeopardize the bill in the Senate. Speaker Todd Richardson thanked the House Utilities Committee and members of

Rep. Don Rone speaks on the House floor May 11, 2017 (Photo Courtesy of Tim Bommel/HOUSE COMMS)

House considering changes to Rone’s steel mill bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House moved slowly off the starting blocks Wednesday morning as the full body convened. The chamber spoke amongst themselves and undertook last minute negotiations that could see several amendments added to the bill that would match the second part of Gov. Eric Greitens’ call for an extraordinary session. Speaker Todd

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Curious comments from Greitens on campaign finance disclosures spark ire of Senate Dems

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Less than a month after Gov. Eric Greitens’ campaign admitted to the Missouri Ethics Commission that he failed to report a fundraising list, the governor seemed to question Missouri’s practice of disclosing donors to the commission. On Mark Reardon’s May 22 show, the KMOX host spoke with the governor on his

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Greitens attacks ‘career politicians’ at special session rally

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Roughly 300 people joined Gov. Eric Greitens at his rally Tuesday afternoon to pass legislation he promises will bring a steel mill to Southeast Missouri. Young Republicans, local voters, GOP state representatives and a significant number of Missourians from the Bootheel all cheered as he descended the stairs on the north

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Senate defends Libla from attacks by Greitens nonprofit in first day of special session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – While the House strictly gaveled in and out until Tuesday at the start of this week’s extraordinary legislative session, multiple senators took the opportunity in the upper chamber to voice their concerns about Gov. Eric Greitens’ call for more time in Jefferson City. Some feared the ramifications of his call could open

Rep. Holly Rehder argues for the apssage of the right-to-work bill she carried in the House Feb. 2, 2017. (Courtesy of Tim Bommel/House Communications)

PDMP Autopsy: How Rehder’s bill failed to make it to Greitens’ desk

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Before he became the target of dark money attack ads from A New Missouri Inc., before he got into a public spat with Budget Chair Scott Fitzpatrick over the managed care rollout, before he became essentially a central figure in the 2017 legislative session, Sen. Rob Schaaf called an impromptu press

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