HB 2020 Will Rebuild the Fulton State Hospital
FULTON, Mo.—The Missouri Legislature today passed House Bill 2020, which appropriates money for purposes for several departments and offices of state government. The appropriated funds will be for planning and capital improvements, including in this bill, transferring funds to the Fulton State Hospital Fund for debt payments and for a project to replace the current FHS facility not to exceed $220 million in total bonding principal.
“Despite ridiculous rumors to the contrary, the Missouri House Republicans considered and passed HB 2020 today to build a brand new Fulton State Hospital,” said Travis Fitzwater, candidate for State Representative in Missouri’s 49th District. “I applaud State Representatives John Diehl, Jr., Rick Stream and Jeanie Riddle’s hard work to diligently move this legislation through the House with bipartisan support.”
“As we all agree, the FSH must be rebuilt to protect state employees, save millions per year in worker compensation claims from dangerous work conditions and reduce deferred maintenance on an outdated facility, and give the patients a safe and healthy rehabilitation and living environment,” said Fitzwater.
Currently, Missouri spends $4 million per year in worker compensation costs and the FSH facility is by far the most dangerous place to work in the state. House Bill 2020 will go to the Senate for consideration after a roll call vote on Thursday.