State lawmakers eye budget, prevailing wage, REAL ID for session’s second half

The Missouri House Majority Floor Leader says budget discussions will take center stage when House members return to Jefferson City next week.

Mike Cierpiot, R-Lee’s Summit, held a briefing just before lawmakers left for spring break, noting the state budget was of top priority upon return. Cierpiot also cited REAL ID compliance, the prevailing wage and a prescription drug database as major issues to be addressed during the legislative session’s second half.

The House Budget Committee meets Tuesday morning for markup of budget bills. Committee chair Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, says it’s an opportunity for committee members to offer amendments. The committee could then vote on the 13 House budget bills on Tuesday.

The Missouri Constitution requires the Legislature to approve a balanced budget by early May. Gov. Eric Greitens has proposed a $27 billion state operating budget, which includes $572 million in cuts.

Read more: Missourinet

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