Missouri House OKs plan for $242M for unexpected bills
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House has passed a proposal to spend roughly $242 million more than planned this fiscal year to pay for unexpected expenses.
House members voted 139-10 in favor of the bill Wednesday. The measure now needs Senate approval.
The spending is mostly federal funding, with about $45 million coming from state revenue.
The House Budget Committee chairman said most of the money is for unanticipated Medicaid expenses.
Other unexpected costs include roughly $10.6 million to replace vehicles and other Department of Transportation equipment.
About $80,000 is slated to go to the Department of Revenue to pay for a new law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification at the polls, with some exceptions. The state must pay for photo identification for those who don't have an adequate ID.