Missouri Governor Mike Parson

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson formally announced Sunday he’s running for a second term as the state's chief executive. This will be the first time he campaigns for that office because he ascended to the post after former governor Eric Greitens resigned last year amid scandal. 

In his hometown of Bolivar, Parson officially announced his bid for the 2020 gubernatorial spot in front of a crowd of supporters who had gathered in the local high school.


A new state law in Missouri has drawn battle lines between state and local government.  At issue is:  who has the final say in what large farms can and cannot do? 

Bill SB391, which will become law on August 28th, 2019, restricts how much control county governments have when it comes to industrial farms known as Confined Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs. Essentially, county governments can no longer enforce stricter measures than the state’s rules when it comes to regulating these farms.

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Missouri has requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency participate in joint preliminary damage assessments in 56 counties in the state in response to tornadoes, severe storms and worsening flooding.  The teams will survey damage that began with severe storms on April 29 in preparation for a request from the governor for federal disaster assistance.

Assessments are expected to begin June 12 and will be conducted by FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, State Emergency Management Agency and local emergency management officials.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has been appointed by President Trump to the Council of Governors.  It’s a bipartisan panel of 10 U.S. governors who advise the U.S. secretary of defense, secretary of homeland security and the White House Homeland Security Council on issues related to the National Guard and national defense, U.S. homeland security, civil support missions and disaster response.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson talked a lot about expanding early childhood education opportunities in the weeks leading up to his first State of the State address and budget as governor.