Missouri lawmakers in both parties are returning to Jefferson City this morning for the start of the 2022 legislative session. It begins at noon, per the state Constitution.
Republicans control the governor’s office this year, along with both chambers. The GOP has a 24-10 supermajority in the Senate, along with a 110-49 House majority. The House number will change later today, when State Reps. Justin Hill (R-Lake St. Louis) and Aaron Greisheimer (R-Washington) resign. The number will be 108-49.
This is the eighth and final year in the House for powerful Speaker Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold) and States Reps. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) and Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit). Speaker Vescovo does not plan to deliver a speech today.
It’s also the final year in the House for State Rep. Martha Stevens (D-Columbia). She’s filed House Bill 1841, which creates no-excuse absentee voting.
The legislative prayer breakfast is this morning at Jefferson City’s Concord Baptist Church. Meantime, more than 550 people, including Governor Mike Parson and lawmakers in both parties, will attend tomorrow’s Missouri Governors’ prayer breakfast at Jefferson City’s Capitol Plaza Hotel.
The interfaith event’s purpose is to seek God’s guidance for our political leaders as they start the session. 939 the Eagle’s Brandon Rathert will be the breakfast’s emcee.