Missouri Senate OKs zoo and museum fees for nonresidents

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 | 3:40 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate has voted to let some zoos and museums start charging admission fees to visitors who don't live nearby.

The Senate approved the bill 24-6 on Tuesday. It would allow metropolitan zoos and museums to decide whether to charge admission fees. The new charges could only be applied to patrons who do not live in that museum or zoo district.

Senators added the admission fee to House legislation that authorizes a regional sales tax for the Kansas City Zoo. Voters in Jackson, Clay, Platte and Cass counties would decide whether to form a sales tax district to support the zoo.

The bill now returns to the House, which rejected an earlier attempt to let certain zoos and museums charge admission to some patrons.



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