JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Eric Greitens signed SB 468 Tuesday afternoon on-site at the Missouri State Penitentiary. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mike Kehoe and handled in the House by Rep. Mike Bernskoetter, will convey over 30 acres of state land to the City of Jefferson.
Kehoe said MSP has gone from hosting 3,000 tours a year to 33,000 recently, making the property a great economic development site for Jefferson City.
“Today, I think about the guy before me,” Kehoe said, voice cracking. “Carl Vogel started all this.”
Vogel was responsible for the founding of the commission focused on MSP. Kehoe credited Vogel with “keeping the dream alive.”
“He’d be very excited to see all of us here with ice cold Colas in our hands,” Kehoe joked to a crowd enduring 100 degree heat to see the bill signing.
Kehoe said the bill will allow the city to develop the 30+ acres, which has been featured on a Ghost Hunters and other paranormal features, into a major statewide tourist attraction.
Kehoe was joined by House members Reps. Bernskoetter, Jay Barnes, Travis Fitzwater, and Glen Kolkmeyer.
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