Missouri lawmakers OK committee to shrink government

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have approved a plan to expand government so that they can eventually shrink it.

Senate members voted late Monday following a House vote earlier in the day to create a special legislative committee that will focus on reducing the scope of government and addressing budget shortfalls.

The Joint Interim Committee on Reducing the Size of State Government would have 14 members. It would include lawmakers and members of the governor's administration.

The committee would be responsible for recommending savings and changes to state government by the end of this year.

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