State news

Gov. Eric Greitens was charged with a second felony late Friday afternoon for using a charity donor list for his 2016 political campaign. The charge follows an earlier indictment for felony invasion of privacy. Greitens called the second felony charge an effort to "smear" him and said he would not resign, despite mounting calls from lawmakers for him to step down.

The Capitol has not quieted since a report released last week that revealed details about Gov. Eric Greitens' sometimes sexually violent actions toward the woman with whom he had an affair. Republican lawmakers have started to gather signatures to consider impeachment during a special legislative session. Some Democrats said they have yet to see the papers.

The Missourian is tracking every lawmaker's reaction to allegations against the governor.

Although House Bill 2280, which extends postpartum care to new mothers for substance abuse, has received strong support in both the House and in the Senate, lawmakers will need a federal waiver, since the bill deals with Medicaid. Lawmakers believe the odds of getting the waiver are good.

A Senate committee approved $3 million for the testing of sexual assault kits. The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative provides money to states to inventory and test kits, which have been backlogged, and provides resources to victims of sexual assault.

Local news

By a 6-1 vote, the Columbia City Council approved downzoning for 38 properties in the First Ward during its Monday meeting. The downzoning was recommended in March by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

A judge again declined to rule in a 2015 case involving the election that approved a half-cent sales tax for the Business Loop Community Improvement District.

Graduate students at MU rallied again Friday, a culmination of a three-year push for unionization. A Circuit Court judge heard final arguments on a case that would determine whether graduate students are employees and able to unionize. There is no clear timeline on when a final ruling can be expected.

Upcoming events for the week of April 23

Monday

Hearing for House Bill 1296, which would establish Toby's Law. The law says that a person who is guilty of driving while intoxicated is to complete a victim impact program approved by the court and is responsible for any charges imposed by the program.

When: 2 p.m. 

Where: Senate Lounge, Missouri Capitol Building, Jefferson City 

Tuesday

Hearing for House Bill 2624, which states that any paid firefighter who is diagnosed with cancer under certain specified conditions would be allowed to take up to 52 weeks of unpaid leave. The bill also specifies that the employer shall continue to provide health coverage for the firefighter and pay any deductible and co-payments due for the firefighter during the leave period.

When: 8 a.m. 

Where: House Hearing Room 5, Missouri Capitol Building, Jefferson City

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