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.