Bipartisan Call to Investigate Governor Won't Advance During Special Session

Jun 14, 2017

A Missouri Senate leader says a bipartisan call to investigate the Republican governor won't advance during an ongoing special session.

Credit ALEX HEUER / St. Louis Public Radio

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe said Wednesday that his ethics committee won't have a hearing on the proposal because the focus of the special session is abortion.

Two Democrats and four Republicans are calling for a legislative investigation of Gov. Eric Greitens.

The senators say 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.

Greitens' spokesman Parker Briden says the governor isn't bothered by "temper tantrums."

Kehoe says the call for an investigation could be taken up again during the next regularly scheduled session, which starts in January.