The second special session for Missouri lawmakers called by Gov. Eric Greitens continues to move slowly, with both the House and Senate currently holding one technical session each week, the minimum requirement.
Typically, one Republican majority member in either house gavels the chamber into session, holds a moment of silence for prayer, leads anyone assembled on the floor in the pledge of allegiance, and gavels out to complete the formality.
On Monday, Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, took on the responsibility for the House. He said Greitens had expanded his proclamation for the special session on abortion to include provisions passed by the House.
The governor initially called the special session in early June to respond to a court decision tossing out two Missouri laws. One required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, and the other called for abortion clinics to have hospital-type standards for outpatient care.
The Senate has set a date of July 24 to reconvene and take up the House amended legislation. Alferman, who holds an influential position as vice-chairman of the House Budget Committee, believes the Senate will move to pass the House plan quickly.
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