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Eric Greitens (r) [2016 file photo].

Yesterday both houses of the Republican controlled Missouri General Assembly submitted a sufficient number of signatures to call for a special session to consider the impeachment of Governor Eric Greitens (r). The special session will begin at 6:30 p.m. on May 18th, after the end of the current regular session.

Missouri Lawmakers Will Hold Special Session To Consider Impeaching Governor

Missouri lawmakers say they will convene a special legislative session to consider impeaching Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, as the embattled governor faces two felony charges.

“This was not a decision made lightly, and certainly not without great deliberation and effort,” House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, told reporters Thursday.

Richardson said 138 members of the House and 29 senators had signed a petition to call the special session ā€” more than the three-quarters of each chamber that is required to convene the session.

Missouri currently has 161 House members and 33 senators ā€” a solid majority of them Republican. Republicans hold 114 of the House seats and 24 in the Senate.

The special session is scheduled to begin the evening of May 18, which is the last day of the legislature’s regular session, and will last for 30 days.