House Passes FY 2020 Supplemental Budget Bill Including Federal Funds in Response to COVID-19

MO Capitol

Before recessing for spring break, the House took up and passed the federal reimbursement allowance bill that is renewed annually and funds state healthcare programs such as Medicaid. It also passed an annual resolution that funds legislative aids and staffers for the full calendar year, as an outdated state law only provides for their employment during the legislative session.   

In addition, the House debated and passed a supplemental budget bill to keep state government funded for the remainder of the 2020 fiscal year that includes an additional $40 million of federal and state funding to cover coronavirus preparedness and response until the end of June. Debate on the supplemental bill focused on the evolving crisis and whether additional funding will be necessary in the coming months, and whether legislators should appropriate more money from state coffers now given the circumstances. The bill ultimately passed the House by a vote of 147-3, and will now have to be approved by the Senate and signed by Governor Parson before it becomes law.

March 20, 2020 - 2:20pm
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