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Sen. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, who’s in her fourth year in the Senate, after serving six years in the House, added: "Even under the cloud of what’s going on with the executive branch of the government — the Senate and the House worked together better than I’ve ever seen it."

Rowden agreed that complaints Gov. Eric Greitens has possibly been involved in criminal activity have been a distraction for lawmakers, but "I think it probably brought us together in a way that maybe we wouldn’t have been otherwise. The leadership on both sides just really stepped up in a way that should be remembered by anybody who witnessed it."

"As you know, there are a lot of distractions going on in the political realm," Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, said. "I was really proud of Senate members from both sides of the aisle, as well as our relationship with the House, to work through that and do some really good things for Missouri."

Riddle noted the Legislature this year "passed legislation that will truly help families in this state and the businesses in this state," including — "whether it’s tax changes in the code, workforce development projects, looking out after our foster kids — those kids who are truly in need of help."

That last is part of a controversial bill with a number of provisions, including one that gives Missouri’s regulated electric utilities, including Ameren Missouri, the right to ask the Missouri Public Service Commission for permission to adjust rates periodically, based on changes in customer usage due to weather and conservation — a right that Missouri natural gas corporations already have.

Some lawmakers, like Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, complained the bill would weaken the PSC’s ability to regulate monopoly utilities, while Senate sponsor Ed Emery, R-Lamar, said none of the commission’s "authority was affected" by the bill.

Bernskoetter also is proud of a bill passed Friday that, if signed into law, will require all nursing homes and similar facilities to report suspected abuse or neglect of residents to local police. Currently, a report is only required to be filed with the Department of Health and Senior Services.

Bernskoetter and Rowden both talked about success in efforts to expand broadband services in rural areas, and Rowden also was pleased with the passage of a bill that, he and other supporters said, would help launch the next generation of cell service throughout the state.

Kehoe, who served on the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission a decade ago, was pleased lawmakers passed a four-year, phased-in 10-cents-a-gallon fuel tax increase proposal which also will provide dedicated funding to the Highway Patrol.

He noted the proposal followed last year’s work by a special commission of lawmakers, business people and stakeholders that held hearings throughout the state, seeking comments about the condition of the state’s transportation system as well as suggestions for maintaining and improving it.

State Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, has spent most of his final year in the House concentrating on his role as chairman of the Special Investigative Committee on Oversight, which Speaker Todd Richardson formed in late-February, after a St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for an incident in March 2015 — before the governor had formally launched his campaign for the office.

Hours before the trial in that case was supposed to begin last Tuesday, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner dismissed the charge — saying she couldn’t continue the case after Judge Rex Burlison said Greitens’ attorneys could call Gardner as a defense witness.

She hopes another attorney in her office, or a special prosecutor appointed by the court, will refile the case — and her actions didn’t stop a second felony case her office filed against Greitens a month ago, charging him with taking donor and email lists belonging to The Mission Continues, a veterans service charity the governor helped found in 2007, and using that information to raise about $2 million during the early days of his campaign for the governor’s office.

But in a Friday afternoon speech to the House about his eight years of work, Barnes said: "This session has not worked out like any of us planned. The members of the committee on which I serve were given a great task for which we did not ask when this session started."