Missouri lawmakers have left Jefferson City for their annual spring break.
Republican leaders are touting their accomplishments and suggesting that the scandal surrounding Gov. Eric Greitens has had little effect on the day-to-day business of the legislature.
“The ship of state is sailing in clear waters,” said Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin. “The (House) Speaker and I, and the two majority leaders, have a clear path forward of knowing what we want to do and how (we) want to accomplish this, and we’re moving.”
“We’ve passed substantive, meaningful legislation in nearly every major policy area that we set out to at the beginning of session, and we’ve had one of the best working relationships we’ve had with the Missouri Senate in a long time,” said Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff. “I don’t think it’s been a distraction that’s prevented us from doing the things that the people of Missouri sent us here to do.”
Democrats, including House Minority Floor Leader Gail McCann Beatty of Kansas City, disagreed.
“It’s a constant distraction,” she said. “I met with the consulate general of Canada this week, and that was a topic of conversation – what’s going on with our governor.”
While only one bill has been signed by the governor so far this year, an effort to stem sex trafficking, the