Author: Travis Zimpfer

House passes altered version of Senate abortion bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – By an overwhelming vote of 110-38, the Missouri House voted to approve Sen. Andrew Koenig’s SB 5, instituting several new abortion regulations in the state. “We came in with two important missions: One, to try to put a set of reasonable regulations in place to protect […]

New innovation task force begins town halls across the state

ST. LOUIS – Gov. Eric Greitens’ newly announced Governor’s Innovation Task Force held its first meeting in St. Louis Monday to help promote start-ups as well as new technologies and innovation. The task force will reportedly bring together lawmakers, entrepreneurs and civic leaders under the direction of Drew Erdmann, the […]

Greitens campaign circulates petition to support governor’s special session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Ahead of House committee testimony on abortion bills for the second special session, Gov. Eric Greitens’ campaign committee sent out a petition asking supporters to sign an unofficial petition to “stand for life.” Greitens says in the email that he called the special session because “women’s […]

Onder’s abortion bill and Koenig’s final product hold significant differences

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Although most betting men and women put their money on Sen. Bob Onder, R-St. Charles, carrying a bill to term for this special session on abortion, Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, instead became the unlikely sponsor of a piece of work built on compromise that few senators […]

This Week in the Governor’s Office: Week of June 12

Special Session: Part Deux kicked off this past week after Gov. Eric Greitens called for more regulations on abortion. As he did during the last extraordinary session, Greitens held a rally in the Capitol Wednesday. Hundreds of anti-abortion advocates turned out for the event, and he stood alongside St. Louis alternatives-to-abortion […]

Judge finds DNR guilty of ‘purposeful violation’ of Sunshine law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will have to pay a $5,000 fine to the Cole County School Fund after a judge determined the department did not give public notice when it took members of the Clean Water Commission to tour a hog farm in 2015. Cole […]

DHSS on top of cybersecurity for vital record keeping

Galloway gives ‘good’ rating to DHSS vital record keeping, stresses more work needs to be done JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Auditor Nicole Galloway released a report Thursday saying work needed to be done by the Department of Health and Senior Services to protect the birth and death records of […]

Long day (and night) in Senate leads to compromise on abortion bills

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The legislature endured a slow day in special session Wednesday that stretched to just past midnight in the Senate. But eventually, significant progress was made towards achieving the goal of meeting the call Gov. Eric Greitens issued for his second extraordinary session. While the Senate was […]

Grietens, Planned Parenthood host opposing rallies to bolster support for special session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – Two rallies at the Missouri Capitol exemplified the stark divide in the state of Missouri on abortion rights. One rally, led by Planned Parenthood and abortion access advocates, decried the continued call for more abortion regulations in one of the most restrictive states for the practice […]