Missouri Lawmakers Begin Historic Impeachment Session
The regular legislative session ended Friday with a flurry of activity before lawmakers reconvened to discuss impeachment proceedings...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Rules proposed in the Missouri House would let the public watch hearings leading to the potential impeachment of Gov. Eric Greitens but would prohibit his attorneys from questioning witnesses.
The proposed rules were filed Friday evening as the House opened a historic special session to consider whether to pursue disciplinary action against Greitens.
The Republican governor faces allegations of sexual misconduct, misuse of a charity donor list for political purposes and potentially other campaign-related issues.
Greitens' attorneys want the right to call and cross-examine witnesses. But the proposed rules filed by GOP Rep. Jay Barnes and Democratic Rep. Gina Mitten wouldn't allow that.
The rules would require hearings of the special investigatory committee to be open to the public in most circumstances and to be live-streamed.
MISSOURI LEGISLATURE-THE LATEST
Missouri 2018 legislative session ends
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The 2018 annual Missouri legislative session has ended with the passage of tax cuts for both individuals and corporations.
Lawmakers planned to open a special session within minutes to consider potentially impeaching Gov. Eric Greitens.
The Republican-led Legislature pushed through a range of tax code changes in the final hours of session.
Those include proposals to cut the individual income tax rate from 5.9 percent to 5.5 percent for most Missourians in January 2019, as well as a corporate income tax cut from 6.25 percent to 4 percent in 2020. To offset the loss in revenue, lawmakers want to pare down federal income tax deductions and change how multistate corporations calculate their taxable income.
Lawmakers also sent a proposed 10-cent gas tax increase to the Nov. 6 ballot for voters to consider. The money would go to road and bridge repairs and the Highway Patrol.
MISSOURI: SHOW- ME THE MEAT LEGISLATION
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that bans companies from labeling lab-grown meat products or meat substitutes as meat. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the provision approved Thursday states that a product cannot be marketed as meat if it isn't from an animal with two or four feet. It's part of a package of changes to state agriculture and conservation laws on its way to the governor's desk.