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Missouri alcohol, tobacco agency could get dedicated funds

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Missouri alcohol, tobacco agency could get dedicated funds

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri’s alcohol and tobacco enforcement efforts could get an earmarked funding boost under a plan endorsed by the state Senate. Legislation given initial approval Monday would dedicate 70 percent of the fees from alcohol and tobacco licenses and permits to a special state fund. The money could be used for […]

Missouri alcohol, tobacco agency could get dedicated funds

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri’s alcohol and tobacco enforcement efforts could get an earmarked funding boost under a plan endorsed by the state Senate.

Legislation given initial approval Monday would dedicate 70 percent of the fees from alcohol and tobacco licenses and permits to a special state fund. The money could be used for such things as enforcing state laws prohibiting the sale of those products to minors.

Missouri’s Alcohol and Tobacco Control Division collects about $4.7 million annually. But that money goes to general state revenues, and the agency’s budget is less than $1.2 million.

The bill could boost that budget to $3.3 million annually.

Sponsoring Sen. Doug Libla says the agency needs more personnel. He says the number of enforcement agents has dropped from 31 in 2010 to five today.

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