Missouri House approves new committee to shrink government

Monday, May 10, 2010 | 6:49 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri House members have endorsed a plan to expand government so that they can eventually shrink it.

House members voted Monday to approve a resolution that creates a special legislative committee that will focus on reducing the scope of government and addressing budget shortfalls.

The measure goes to the Senate, and lawmakers have until Friday to vote on it.

The Joint Interim Committee on Reducing the Size of State Government would have 14 members. It would include lawmakers and members of the governor's administration.

The committee would be responsible for recommending savings and changes to state government by the end of this year.

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