Missouri lawmakers OK office to advocate for military bases
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A measure that would create a new office to coordinate Missouri's efforts to retain military bases is headed to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.
The Missouri House Wednesday voted to approve the measure 138-15.
Supporters say a designated appointee would help ensure the state is successful in avoiding potential cuts.
Republican Rep. Charlie Davis, of Webb City, says Missouri needs to keep military personnel in the state as they have a huge economic impact.
Lawmakers are concerned about potential cuts of 5,400 civilian and military jobs at Fort Leonard Wood that are part of an overall force reduction plan.
Next year's budget includes $200,000 for the office within the Department of Economic Development, whose head would be appointed by Nixon and confirmed by the Senate.