Senate Approves COVID-19 Relief Spending Bill, Closing the Special Session

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On Wednesday, the Missouri Senate approved a $1.2 billion COVID-19 relief spending bill by a vote of 23-1, thereby bringing the special session to a close. The bill gives Governor Parson's administration the authority to spend the money, which is mainly federal funding. The money is part of funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that needs to be distributed to the state by the end of the year.

The Senate approved $752 million for resources for fighting the pandemic, $76 million for school lunches and $18 million to prevent homelessness. The Senate spent less than an hour on the floor debating the measure with no amendments offered. The agenda for the special session was pared back on Tuesday when the governor dropped his request that lawmakers approve a COVID-19 liability bill.

The special session began November 5, and the Missouri House passed the spending measure on November 10. Senate action was delayed after at least one Senator and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

December 7, 2020 - 5:19pm

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