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UM Legislative Update Newsletter

February 17, 2004

Welcome to UM Legislative Update

Legislative Update is published by UM System Government Relations and University Relations to inform our stakeholders of important government activities affecting the University of Missouri.

State Budget

Missouri Governor Bob Holden released his budget in January. At that time he recommended $22 million additional dollars for the University of Missouri System. This week House Budget Chair Carl Bearden released his changes from the governor's budget and introduced his own appropriation bill. Bearden recommended removal of the $22 million for the UM System added by the governor. He recommended an appropriation for the University for FY2005 at the same level as FY2004. Mark-ups for higher education will begin in a few weeks in Education Appropriations hearings.

UM life sciences bond proposal introduced in the Senate

Senate President Pro-tem Peter Kinder introduced the life sciences bonding bill on Wednesday, Feb. 4. SB1221 will be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee at the request of several veteran Senators who did not want to see such a large proposal bypass the appropriators through the normal channel for bonding issues. The bill also includes language that would allow the University of Missouri to lease seven acres of land to a private developer in Columbia for a hotel and conference center so that the institution can use the proceeds to construct a performing arts center nearby. A separate Senate bill, SB1227, to be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee would allow for the issuance of the bonds without including the language for the land lease authorization sought by UM-Columbia. SB1227 is sponsored by Senators Kinder, Russell and Goode. For more information on the bond proposal and the economic impact of the six projects, click here. For examples of what other states are doing to invest in the life sciences, click here.

House defeats SMSU name change; Senate ties name change to UM bond issue plan

The Southwest Missouri State University name change faced intense debate in both the Senate and House. The House debated the measure for more than 10 hours before defeating it 81-73 on Wednesday morning. Although the vote ends the process for HB777, there is still the possibility that the name change could be added to other name change legislation later in the session. The Senate reached an agreement last week that stalled the name change until the University of Missouri's $190.4 million life sciences bond package clears both the House and Senate and is sent to the governor.  Senator Ken Jacob, D-Columbia, had been filibustering for more than 24 hours in opposition to the SMSU name change when the deal was announced. The name change bill (SB76 ) was approved 27-4 and sent to the Senate Rules Committee, where it will remain until the bond plan clears both chambers.

30th Annual Alumni Alliance Legislative Day & 18th Annual ASUM Showcase

Join the Alumni Alliance and the Associated Students of the University of Missouri on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the State Capitol and Capitol Plaza Hotel. The Alumni Alliance awards luncheon will honor recipients for outstanding alumni service to the University: Senator Wayne Goode, UM System; Chancellor Richard Wallace, UM-Columbia; Michael Albano, UM-Kansas City; Fred Kummer, UM-Rolla; David Adam, UM-St. Louis; and Dr. Ronald Turner, University Outreach and Extension. ASUM's showcase in the Capitol Rotunda will focus on life sciences research at the University. For more information or to register, contact your campus alumni director. To see the schedule of events, click here.

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