Dexter Senator Wants State to Appoint Religious Liaisons

FEBRUARY 22, 2007 - Posted at 4:13 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - State lawmakers are looking to team up more often with religious groups to offer social services.

Senators gave initial approval today to a bill that would designate regional Department of Social Services employees to serve as liasons to faith-based groups.

Republican Senator Rob Meyer of Dexter says his bill is intended to reverse what he perceives as years of opposition to governments partnering with religious service groups.

But Democratic Senator Joan Bray of St. Louis says the bill may step on the line between separation between church and state.

The bill needs another Senate vote before it can move to the House.

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