JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An attempt to pass legislation to create a dedicated funding source for Missouri veterans' homes has stalled in the Senate -- at least temporarily.
Lawmakers say the veteran's home legislation is critical for Missouri's proposed $24 billion operating budget. Senators began their debate Monday afternoon and continued until the early morning hours Tuesday. The Legislature has a Friday deadline to approve the state budget.
Senators have been bogged down over several budget issues. Early Tuesday, the Senate appeared headed toward a possible standstill.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey, a Republican from St. Charles, says he hopes some additional time and level heads would help lead to a solution. He says the veteran's home legislation is the most important bill to pass right now.
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