JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- 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 Wednesday would go on November's statewide ballot if it clears the Legislature.
Sponsoring Rep. 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 Rep. 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.
Veterans is HJR 48