The disagreement at the heart of the Missouri Legislature’s special session that started Monday pits Republican Gov. Eric Greitens against a Republican lawmaker from the southeast Missouri district on which the session is focused.
Greitens and his allied nonprofit group, A New Missouri, have targeted Sen. Doug Libla, whose southeast Missouri district includes the now-closed aluminum smelting plant that Greitens hopes to reopen, along with a possible steel mill.
The bill in question would allow the state’s Public Service Commission to negotiate with Ameren for lower utility rates for the smelting plant and the steel mill.
Lilba says he supports the projects but questions reducing oversight of Ameren, the St. Louis-based utility.
Greitens contends that his focus is on creating more jobs in southeast Missouri, which was hit hard by the closing of the Noranda plant 15 months ago.
The non-profit Consumer’s Council of Missouri weighed in before Mondays session, saying it views the special session as a vehicle to potentially pass laws favorable to the utility industry.