JEFFERSON CITY — An attempt to pass legislation to create a dedicated funding source for Missouri veterans' homes has stalled in the Senate — at least temporarily.
Lawmakers said the veterans' home legislation is critical for Missouri's proposed $24 billion operating budget. Senators began their debate Monday afternoon and continued until the early morning hours Tuesday. The legislature has a Friday deadline to approve the state budget.
Senators have been bogged down over several budget issues. Early Tuesday, the Senate appeared to be headed toward a possible standstill.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey, a Republican from St. Charles, said he hopes some additional time and level heads would help lead to a solution. He said the veterans' home legislation is the most important bill to pass right now.