JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are returning to the capitol Monday for the second half of the 2018 legislative session in the shadow of legislative and criminal investigations into Republican Gov. Eric Greitens.
Republican leaders, who control both chambers, downplayed the impact of the governor’s legal problems on their work. A St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens on felony invasion of privacy charges stemming from an extramarital affair in 2015, and the House of Representatives is conducting its own investigation. Separately, Attorney General Josh Hawley is investigating the charitable activities of The Mission Continues, a veterans charity Greitens founded, as it relates to the state’s consumer protection and charitable registration and reporting laws.
Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said that business was continuing as usual despite “a lot of the noise going on.”
The Missouri Senate approved 64 bills during the first half of the session. The House passed 161, the most in a decade. Aside from some movement on legislation to help children in foster care, little progress has been made on top policies proposed by the governor.
Only one bill has become law so far. It will require hotels, airports, and other establishments to display posters with information about human trafficking. The proposal had long been championed by Republican Rep. Cloria Brown of St.