SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — On his last day as Missouri Governor, Eric Greitens signed into law the Right to Work bill, the Raise the Age and “Revenge Porn” bill, and legalized industrial hemp.
Other bills signed are related to health education and taxes, including a bill that lowers the corporate income tax rate.
He also signed legislation allowing retired police officers to return to work in case of a state of emergency or national disaster. And designate a portion of Interstate 44 in Greene County as the Captain Aaron J. Eidem Memorial Highway. The trooper was killed in a crash in 2016 when he stopped to help a stranded driver near mile marker 70.
But Greitens also bypassed other bills.
“it is possible for our new Governor Mike Parson to make a decision in the next few days to sign or veto those bills,” said KOLR 10’s political analyst Dr. Brian Calfano.
If Governor Parson doesn’t sign them, the bills become law anyway since they have already been truly agreed to and finally passed.
Calfano believes Greitens chose the bills he’d sign strategically.
“As crazy as it might be to say right now, I think Eric Greitens and his backers are planning for a political come back,” he said.
Dr. Calfano believes Greitens made his last moves carefully directed at the conservative view he campaigned on.
“Part of it is because he believes potentially in what he is doing, but I think from a more realistic stand point, you look at these decisions made by Greitens and you can say that this is part of a longer-term strategy perhaps to put him in position to run for office at some point down the road,” Dr. Calfano said.
After all, the former Governor fought to keep his job for as long as he could and even after the criminal cases and the political drama, voters across Missouri still support him.