Missouri Governor Slams Call for Investigation

Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Following a bipartisan call for an investigation of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens by six state senators, a spokesman for the Republican governor says he’s not bothered by temper tantrums.

Spokesman Parker Briden said Tuesday that lawmakers are angry that Greitens “won’t accept their excuses for failure any longer.”

Greitens called lawmakers back to the Capitol on Monday for a special session focused on abortion.

A group of senators on the second day of the session said among other issues, they want a legislative investigation of campaign use of a donor list from a charity that Greitens’ helped found and that wasn’t originally listed in campaign finance reports. Greitens’ campaign was fined for failing to report use of the donor list. The charity helps veterans transition to the private-sector through volunteer work.

Briden says “when career politicians are whining, Missourians are winning.”

6:15 p.m.

A panel of Missouri lawmakers has advanced legislation to require annual inspections of abortion clinics and other abortion regulations.

The Senate committee on Tuesday voted 4-2 along party lines in favor of the bill by Republican Sen. Bob Onder.

The measure could be debated by the full Senate as early as Wednesday.

The legislation is being considered as part of a special session called by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens that’s focused on abortion. This is the second time Greitens has called lawmakers back to the Capitol since their annual session ended in May.

Before sending the bill forward, committee members took out new proposals requested by Greitens. Those included a ban on abortion clinic staff members asking ambulances to drive without emergency lights or sirens.

The legislation still includes a provision that would nullify a St. Louis ordinance banning discrimination based on pregnancies, abortions and other “reproductive health decisions.”

1 p.m.

A bipartisan group of six Missouri state senators is calling for a legislative investigation of Republican Gov. Eric Greitens.

A resolution filed by Kansas City Democratic Sen. Jason Holsman asks for an investigation of campaign use of a donor list from a charity that Greitens’ helped found and that wasn’t originally listed in campaign finance reports. Greitens’ campaign was fined for failing to report use of the donor list. The charity helps veterans transition to the private-sector through volunteer work.

The senators also want to review a nonprofit that promotes Greitens’ agenda and is not registered as a lobbying entity. The resolution also claims there is coordination between the nonprofit and the governor’s office.

A spokesman for Greitens did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

Holsman is joined by another Democrat and four Republicans.

10 a.m.

Missouri lawmakers are considering requiring annual inspections of abortion clinics as part of a special legislative session called specifically to address abortion issues.

A Missouri Senate committee is scheduled to hear proposals Tuesday, the second day of the special session.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens announced last week that he was calling lawmakers back to work. The abortion opponent wants new laws regulating the procedure following a recent federal judge’s ruling that struck down some state abortion laws.

Among the laws struck down were requirements that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and that clinics meet hospital-like standards for outpatient surgery.

Greitens also wants to undo a St. Louis ordinance that bans discrimination by employers and in housing based on “reproductive health decisions,” such as abortions or pregnancies.

This story will be updated.

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