Lawmakers Approve Funds for Heating Aid, Meth Investigations

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - More money is on the way to help low-income Missourians pay their winter heating bills and help local law officers fight methamphetamine.

The state Senate approved more than $6 million in additional home-energy assistance for the poor and nearly $2 million for meth lab investigations.

The programs are included in supplemental budgeted bills that the House already has passed.

Advocates for low-income residents have rallied at the Capitol in support of the additional heating aid.

The money for meth investigations previously had come from the federal government.  But that program lost funding when Congress made it harder for lawmakers to earmark money for special projects.

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