Tuesday, May 22, 2018
St. Louis Democrat: Special session on Greitens will see disturbing chapter in Missouri's history decided
The legislative session ended Friday at a bit after 6:00 PM, as per the 120 day constitutional limit.
Each session in which I have participated as a legislator has its unique character. This one will not soon be forgotten by any of us. Regardless of whether you believe the Governor's alleged actions have yet been proven, the facts and the speculation about his behavior have cast an unseemly air over the daily workings of the state government. And, here at home, this topic of conversation always seems to be at the top of constituents' concerns. For those reasons, the impeachment process is provided below.
Shortly after adjournment, legislators embarked upon a special session, particularly unusual in that it was called by members of the House and the Senate. It requires 75% of the members of both chambers to make this call. The 75% floor was exceeded for the purpose of consideration of impeachment of the Governor.
The special session is in effect for up to 30 days. In the next two or so weeks, members of the House Special Investigative Committee will continue their investigation. Once it is completed, their information will be provided to the entire House. It will require 82 affirmative votes (a simple majority) for the impeachment process to move forward. Should that happen, the Senate will convene in order to appoint 7 eminent jurists. An impeachment will occur if 5 of the 7 jurists vote to impeach.
One way or the other, this disturbing chapter in Missouri's history will be decided.