Missouri Legislature

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Missouri’s new governor, Mike Parson, has gone out of his way to signal that he intends to make government transparency a top priority—that stands in stark contrast to his predecessor, Eric Greitens, who resigned June 1.  

The chairman of a Missouri House committee that investigated former Gov. Eric Greitens doesn’t want the state to pay for his lawyers.

Greitens hired attorneys Ed Greim and Ross Garber to represent him in his official capacity as governor. When questioned under oath by the House investigative committee last month, the two confirmed that they were billing the state for their services – Greim was billing the state $340 an hour, while Garber was billing $320 an hour.

A federal judge has declined to block a Missouri regulation governing medication abortions, although she found that the restriction “has virtually no benefit.”

Ruling in a case brought by the Planned Parenthood affiliates in Kansas City and St. Louis, U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips said the plaintiffs had not shown that the regulation “is a substantial burden to a large fraction of women seeking a medication abortion.”

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Governor Mike Parson kicked off his statewide listening tour by visiting the Ozarks Tuesday, hitting several familiar places in the region he calls “home.”

Parson told community leaders at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce that his two main statewide priorities were improving infrastructure and workforce development.

But he stressed that rural Missouri will take an equal seat at the table going forward under his administration.

One issue Parson said he’s committed to is making sure Missourians in more remote parts of the state have broadband internet access.

Missouri Governor's Office

Governor Mike Parson has appointed two new members to the State Board of Education:  Pete Herschend of Branson, co-founder and co-owner of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, and Carol Hallquist of Kansas City, founder of PrincipalsConnect, a nonprofit organization that matches retired business professionals with urban school principals. 

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