Missouri Senate votes to place limits on new airplane purchases

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 | 8:29 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate is taking action in response to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's purchase of a $5.6 million airplane.

The patrol bought the plane in December with money from a fund designated for purchases of motor vehicles, boats and aircraft.

Senators gave first-round approval Tuesday to a bill requiring the patrol to seek legislative approval for any future purchases out of the fund of more than $150,000. The measure also would allow the fund to be tapped for vehicle maintenance.

State Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, said the plane's purchase has shaken the Legislature's trust in the patrol.

Last month, the House passed a measure making the new plane's flight logs a public record. The Senate bill needs one more vote before moving to the House.

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