House approves bill that would add lottery for veterans funds.
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House approves bill that would add lottery for veterans funds.

Date: March 1, 2012
By: Paige Hornor
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HJR 45 HJR 79

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A joint-resolution approved by the House would add a lottery to fund veteran homes.
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Wrap: The resolution would add a state lottery ticket for the Veterans Commission Capital Improvement Trust Fund.

All of the profits from the lottery would go toward the seven veterans homes in Missouri.

Sponsor of the bill Blue Springs Republican Representative Sheila Solon says this bill is necessary in order to continue services to veterans homes.

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Description: "Without this resolution, the veterans home fund and trust fund will be bankrupt by the end of 2013."

Opponents to the resolution say they are concerned that this lottery would detract from the lottery benefitting education.

The bill will now move to the Senate for approval and would require a public vote before the amendment is added.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Paige Hornor.

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Gambling may be the resolution for needed veterans funds...
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Wrap: The House approved a joint-resolution that would add a lottery for veterans funding.

The profits would go toward Veterans Commission Capital Improvement Trust Fund.

Sponsor of the bill Blue Springs Republican Representative Sheila Solon says if the resolution is not passed, the veterans home trust and fund will be bankrupt by the end of 2013.

House Speaker Steve Tilley says the resolution would allow more access to the homes.

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Description: "We think that you could potentially address more than 17 hundred people that are on a waiting list to get in to veteran homes."

If passed by the Senate and approved by the voters, the lottery would be enacted July 1, 2013.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Paige Hornor.

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The Missouri House gives veterans their own lottery.
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Wrap: The House passed a resolution to create a lottery to benefit Missouri veterans by a vote of 137 to 14.

Profits from the lottery would go toward the Veterans Commission Capital Improvement Trust Fund.

House Speaker Steve Tilley says the funding for veterans homes was a priority for the Republican caucus this year.

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Description: "We did it with unbelievable bipartisan support...and we look forward to it's passage in the Senate."

Opponents of the resolution say the new ticket could take away funds for education, which is currently the only source receiving funds from lottery.

The resolution would require a public vote before the tickets can be sold.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Paige Hornor.


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