Missouri Legislature

Covering state lawmakers, bills, and policy emerging from Jefferson City.

Jennifer Moore / KSMU Radio

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.

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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. 

New Missouri Gov. Mike Parson called for “debating with respect’’ as he pledged Monday to set a new tone in the state Capitol while staying true to the Republican Party’s conservative policies.

To illustrate his point, Parson met privately with Republicans and Democrats – including most of the state’s members of Congress – before addressing the General Assembly to formally mark his takeover of state government.

Parson’s 15-minute speech was conciliatory in its message, even as it was filled with veiled criticisms of his predecessor, fellow Republican Eric Greitens. The former governor resigned less than two weeks ago amid scandal and controversy over his personal and political behavior.

Updated at 10:45 a.m. June 7 with comments from Greitens' attorney — Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens admitted as part of a deal with St. Louis prosecutors that they had enough evidence to take him to trial over the use of a charity’s donor list for his campaign.

Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office on Wednesday released the full agreement that led to Greitens stepping down last week. Two paragraphs of that deal had originally been redacted. St. Louis Public Radio and other news outlets had filed requests under Missouri’s open records law to see the complete document. Attorney General Josh Hawley’s office ruled on Tuesday that it was an open record.

The Missouri House committee that's been investigating former Gov. Eric Greitens has done an about-face.

A motion was filed by the House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight late Wednesday to drop its lawsuit seeking records from A New Missouri and Greitens for Missouri.

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