JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s chief executive spent much of his time surveying tornado and storm damage from around the state this week.

Gov. Mike Parson was on the ground and in the air in Jefferson City Thursday and Friday, taking in the aftermath of a “devastating tornado” and monitoring flooding as river levels conditioned to rise. A state of emergency due to the weather was declared on Tuesday.

He also visited Eldon and Carl Junction — both areas heavily hit by the storm — on Thursday.

“Across the state, Missouri’s first responders once again responded quickly and with strong coordination as much of the state dealt with extremely dangerous conditions that left people injured, trapped in homes, and tragically led to the death of three people,” Parson said. “I want our responders and all the neighbors who acted selflessly to help their neighbors to know how much their heroic efforts are appreciated by all Missourians.”

Jefferson City hit by tornado

On Friday, Parson signed a sweeping anti-abortion bill into law during a private ceremony. The controversial bill, HB 126, bans abortions after 8 weeks and includes a so-called trigger law — which would outright ban all abortions if Roe v. Wade was ever overturned.

“By signing this bill today, we are sending a strong signal to the nation that, in Missouri, we stand for life, protect women’s health, and advocate for the unborn,” Parson said in a statement. “All life has value and is worth protecting.”

The governor also signed SB 21, which adds the cities of Portageville, Riverside, and Fayette to the list of cities authorized to propose a sales tax for the purposes of improving public safety. The sales tax cannot exceed a rate of 0.5 percent.

This week Parson also: