General Assembly Finishes Work: On to Special Session

The Missouri General Assembly will finish its work today for the 2018 legislative session, including fulfilling their constitutionally required duty of passing the FY 2019 budget. The regular legislative session ends today at 6:00 p.m.

Immediately following the end of today’s regular session, the Missouri House of Representatives will reconvene to begin a special session to consider whether to impeach Governor Greitens. St. Louis Circuit Court attorney Kim Gardner dropped a felony invasion of privacy charge against the Governor earlier this week after the two sides spent several days selecting jurors to hear the case. A second criminal charge against Greitens is pending and involves allegations that Greitens stole a donor list from The Mission Continues, a charity he started to assist military veterans, for use in raising money in his run for governor.

The special session must be concluded within 30 days. The Missouri House will first vote on whether the evidence warrants impeachment. If the House votes to impeach, the Missouri Senate will then select seven judges to hear evidence from both sides on whether the governor must step down. This is the first time in Missouri history that a special session has been called to consider impeachment proceedings against a sitting governor. The MCC will be reporting on these developments in the coming weeks.