The Missouri House of Representatives voted to override four Governor’s budget vetoes, including two that impact child and juvenile advocacy. The House voted to restore $100,000 that would have been used to hire two full-time employees for the Office of Child Advocate, and $487,000 that would have added nine full-time employees for juvenile advocacy units in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas.
The Senate adjourned without voting, so the Governor’s vetoes stood. Senator Brown said funding for Office of Child Advocate would be included in a supplemental spending budget in January and that Parson is “committed” to finding more permanent funding for the Time Critical Diagnosis program. Regarding juvenile advocacy, Missouri funded $3.2 million in salary increases to the public defender system this year and will monitor the department’s retention and caseload, Parson said in his veto letter.