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Lawmakers explore alternate legislative solutions for state budget amid virus outbreak


The future of Missouri's legislative session is unclear amid the growing presence of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

The Missouri House of Representatives passed a supplemental budget on March 12 which, if signed by the Governor, would fund the government through July and open the door for the Show-Me State to utilize $33 million in federal coronavirus relief funds.

The majority floor leader of the Missouri Senate, Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, said Wednesday a discussion on how the legislative body will proceed amidst the deadly pandemic continues.

Rowden said the senate leadership is conducting daily phone calls with Gov. Mike Parson's office as part of that discussion.

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