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Missouri legislature tries again to create stimulus oversight comittee

Thursday, March 25, 2010 | 4:42 p.m. CDT

JEFFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers are trying again to establish an oversight committee for the use of federal stimulus money.

The Senate passed legislation Thursday creating a committee of four senators and four representatives. They would have subpoena power to investigate potential waste, fraud and abuse involving stimulus funds.

The bill also would require the governor to post midyear spending cuts on Missouri's online database that tracks spending. The legislation now goes to the House.

A similar bill passed the legislature last year but was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon. He cited public safety concerns about a provision that would have given a key to the Capitol dome to every lawmaker. This year's bill does not contain that provision.

 


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