- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The cost for Missouri’s special legislative session on abortion policies has surpassed $73,000 and is likely to keep growing.

Figures provided Wednesday show the House has spent over $53,000 - mainly on lodging, meal and mileage payments to lawmakers.

The Senate’s cost stands at nearly $20,000. But that’s likely to rise when senators return to the Capitol -perhaps later this month - to consider the House version of an abortion bill.

The legislation would impose additional regulations on abortion providers while also attempting to exempt pregnancy resource centers from a St. Louis ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on reproductive health choices.

The cost for the current session already has exceeded the $66,000 spent on a May special session in which lawmakers authorized reduced electric rates for certain metal manufacturers.

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