Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed four new laws and defended his recent veto of a bill to create an arts campus in Kansas City during a visit to the Northland on Wednesday.
Greitens signed a bill to establish four new adult high schools and signed three pieces of legislation meant to tighten restrictions on lawsuits against businesses.
During his visit, the governor repeatedly touted his efforts to grow jobs in the state and pointed to the creation of adult high schools, a program designed for students over age 18 who don’t have high school diplomas.
The adult high schools will be established in St. Louis, Greene, Boone and Butler counties, according to the bill’s fiscal note.
Greitens also railed against trial lawyers for “chasing businesses out of the state” as he signed three pieces of legislation that place new restrictions on lawsuits, including Senate Bill 31, which limits the amount of medical damages a plaintiff can seek to actual costs paid.
Jay Benson, the immediate past president of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, said the bill favors the insurance industry and limits “Missouri citizens’ constitutional right to trial by jury.”
The governor’s visit to Kansas City came a week after he vetoed a bill to provide $48 million in bonds for the construction of a new arts campus in downtown Kansas City for the University of Missouri-Kansas City.