Missouri Senate tied up over the state budget

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 | 8:24 a.m. CDT; updated 9:31 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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.


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