Tag: Sen. Gary Romine

White House is taking Greitens situation ‘very seriously’

The situation surrounding the Missouri governor is “very concerning” and the White House is taking it “very seriously,” according to President Donald Trump’s Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. During the daily press briefing on Friday, a reporter asked Sanders if the President had received the letter three Republican state Senators had sent him and what his response is. “I don’t have an official response at this time,” Sanders answered. “but certainly that is something that […]

Representative Ruth calls for Gov. Greitens to resign

Another Republican female legislator is calling for Gov. Eric Greitens resignation following the news of his indictment on Thursday. Rep. Becky Ruth, R-Festus, made a statement on her Facebook account on Friday stating that the governor needs to remove himself from office for the good of the state and its citizens. “As I stated in January, the governor should be held accountable for his actions,” Ruth said in a written statement. “Yesterday’s indictment by the Grand Jury […]

Missouri School Boards Association hosts legislative day in Jefferson City

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — More than 300 members headed to the Capital City on Tuesday for the Missouri School Board Association’s legislative day. The organization gathered to discuss their legislative agenda, talking about the ins and outs of education in the Show-Me State with education leaders in the House and Senate. Rep. Rocky Miller speaks with members. Photo courtesy of the MSBA “We’re concerned about some initiatives that are pending, whether it’s ESAs or charter […]

Senate finds compromise during 24-hour-filibuster, perfects Emery’s utility bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — After a grueling 24-hour filibuster, Sen. Ed Emery’s SB 564 is advancing in the Missouri Senate. A small group of senators tied up the state’s upper legislative chamber for more than a day, filibustering against legislation that would change utility regulations for utilities looking to invest in their infrastructure. But the real story is the work of the senators, lobbyists, and staff off the floor. While the filibuster may get the […]

Schaaf, Libla lead filibuster against Emery’s ‘utility tax’ bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Sen. Ed Emery has been pushing forward with utility legislation for years now, and the Republican from Lamar is doubling down in his latest attempt. The senator on Wednesday night presented a substitute version of the so-called “rate-cap bill,” which sought to address some of the issues his fellow senators have discussed, but one provision, in particular, caught the eyes of many across the state. An amendment to SB 564, would […]

Senate filibusters the withdrawing of Greitens’ appointees

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — “Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.” -Walter Scott, Marmion Those were the words that stood out in the mind of Sen. Bob Dixon when discussing the matter of what should be done with Governor Eric Greitens’ withdrawn appointments on Wednesday evening. Following the news that the Governor had withdrawn three of his appointments, Craig Porter, Alan T. Simpson, and John P. Scariot, to the Missouri Housing Development Commission, members of the Senate […]

No support for Hegeman’s bill on historic tax credits in Local Government and Elections

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A number of tax credits are under fire from Republicans during this year’s legislative session, most notably the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and the Historic Preservation Tax Credit. Those two items were heavily debated during the discussions of the Governor’s Committee on Simple, Fair and Low Taxes, where they noted a less than desirable return on investment, with the LIHTC program reportedly 42 cents for every state dollar […]

Libla, Romine lead the Senate in call for Attorney General to investigate allegations against Greitens

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Less than 24 hours after a report alleging misconduct in the form of blackmail and infidelity by Gov. Eric Greitens, the Missouri Senate is speaking out. The Senate on Thursday morning returned to the chamber, with one topic on their tongues. Sen. Jamilah Nasheed was the first to issue a call for the resignation of Gov. Greitens. “I’m calling for every female in this building to rise up,” Nasheed said on […]

Greitens’ attempt to oust Board of Education commissioner flounders in tied vote

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — In a stunning turn of events, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens received a loss in his attempt to supplant the current Board of Education commissioner in the Show-Me State. “I look forward to the focus returning to educating our children,” Commissioner Vandeven said.More than 50 superintendents from across the state attending the Jefferson City meeting on Tuesday to protest and show support for Vandeven, all of whom celebrated in the hallways with […]

State lawmakers call on Board of Education to ‘abandon efforts’ to oust Commissioner

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The hits keep coming as more and more lawmaker and officials express their displeasure with the attempt by Gov. Eric Greitens’ administration to oust Dr. Margie Vandeven, the commissioner for the Missouri State Board of Education. Earlier this week, officials from several education groups shared their concerns about the “politicization” of the State Board of Education following news that the Governor had appointed a fifth member to the board in hopes […]