JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that guarantees a dedicated funding stream for veterans' nursing homes.
The bill approved Wednesday would earmark casino fees to the state-run facilities that house more than 1,300 military veterans. Early childhood programs that had been funded by the casino fees would instead get money from Missouri's share of a nationwide tobacco settlement. The bill also bans the implementation of a quality rating system for child care centers.
The veterans' funding measure still needs a final vote from the House before it can go to Gov. Jay Nixon.
Passage of the bill could help clear a logjam that has been holding up Missouri's $24 billion budget plan. Lawmakers have until Friday to send the budget to Nixon.
Veterans bill is HB1731