Josh Schwartzkopf

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX/AP) – A Missouri House bill would require the state lottery to create a separate lottery ticket to fund veterans’ programs. The Missouri House has given first-round approval to the measure which Republican Rep. Sheila Solon, of Blue Springs, sponsored.

“We need to take care of our veterans because they have done so much for us, for our country, for our state and this is the least we can do for them to make sure we fund our veteran homes or our veteran cemeteries and our outreach programs,” says Solon.

But Democratic Rep. Jeremy LaFaver, of Kansas City, says the lottery is an inefficient way to fund government. LaFaver also said the new ticket could take money away from public schools and higher education, which are partly funded by lottery revenue.

“Her point is we need more money for our veteran’s homes. Great. Let’s advocate for it in the budget. Let’s do that without taking from education,” says LaFaver.

The bill needs one more vote before moving to the Senate.

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