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Feb. 13, 2014 |  By: Associated Press

Vet's Lottery

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to
a measure that would create a separate lottery ticket to fund veterans'
programs.
The bill endorsed yesterday would go on November's statewide ballot if it
clears the Legislature.
Sponsoring Representative Sheila Solon, of Blue Springs, says revenue from sales of the
lottery ticket would provide a dedicated funding source for cash-strapped
veterans' homes.
But Democratic Representative Jeremy LaFaver, of Kansas City, says the lottery is an
inefficient way to fund government. LaFaver also said the new ticket could take
money away from public schools and higher education, which are partly funded by
lottery revenue.
The bill needs one more vote before moving to the Senate.