Bill Aimed at Increasing Cooperation Between Church, State Passes

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The House gave final legislative approval yesterday to a bill that requires state employees to coordinate with faith-based organizations.

The measure cleared the House on a 122-to-27 vote.  It orders the Dept. of Social Services to designate liasons to work with the faith-based groups to help people in need of state assistance.

House sponsor Jeff Grisamore says there are many such groups throughout the state.  And he says the religious groups could help make state assistance programs more effective and save money.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)