Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

May 17, 2004

Below is a summary and timeline of the bond proposal as it moved through the General Assembly:

December 2003:

The University of Missouri announced a bond proposal that would have funded six capital projects on all four UM campuses. For more information on the six University of Missouri projects, click here.

February 2004:

Sen. Peter Kinder (R-Cape Girardeau) filed SB1221, which would have authorized the issuance of bonds for the University of Missouri projects. House Speaker Catherine Hanaway (R-Warson Woods) filed the House version, HB1589.

March:

The Senate Appropriation Committee held three hearings throughout the month of March and developed a Senate Committee substitute by combining SB1221 with SB1305. The committee substitute would have authorized the sale of $350 million in bonds for public higher education capital projects. The committee substitute was approved by the Senate Appropriations committee by a vote of 12-0 on March 29.

To read the Senate committee substitute, click here:

http://www.senate.mo.gov/04info/billtext/comm/sb1221.htm

To read the original version of SB1305, click here:

http://www.senate.mo.gov/04info/billtext/intro/sb1305.htm

The Senate Appropriations Committee also approved SB1227 (sponsored by Sen. John Russell, R-Lebanon) on March 29. This bill would have approved the specific list of capital projects funded through the bond proposal.

To read the Senate committee substitute for SB1227, click here:

http://www.senate.mo.gov/04info/billtext/comm/sb1227.htm

April

On April 19, Sen. Peter Kinder (R-Cape Girardeau) offered a Senate substitute for the bond proposal, which included language regarding the name change for Southwest Missouri State University and language regarding minority participation in the construction projects (as offered by Sen. Mary Bland, D-Kansas City, during the Appropriations Committee hearing). Sen. Jim Mathewson (D-Sedalia) also proposed amending the bill further by adding $22.5 million for community colleges. The bill was placed on the Informal Calendar after two hours of debate.

The Senate reconvened debate on the bond proposal on April 28 and gave initial approval to the bill, after increasing the total to $372.5 million and identifying a new funding source.

To read the final Senate version of the bill, click here:

http://www.senate.mo.gov/04info/billtext/perf/sb1221.htm

May

The Second Regular Session of the 92nd General Assembly adjourned on May 14 without final approval given to the bond proposal.

Below is a summary and timeline of the endowed chairs proposal as it moved through the General Assembly:

March

House Speaker Catherine Hanaway (R-Warson Woods), along with 62 bi-partisan co-sponsors, filed HB1671, which would have established the Missouri Endowed Life Sciences Research Chairs program.

For a summary of HB1671, click here:

http://www.house.state.mo.us/bills041/bills/hb1671.htm

April

The House Special Committee on General Laws held a hearing on HB1671 on April 6. On April 13, the House committee unanimously approved a House committee substitute.

To read the committee substitute, click here:

http://www.house.state.mo.us/bills041/biltxt/commit/HB1671C.HTM

The House approves the Endowed Chairs proposal as part of HB1409 (an omnibus economic development bill) on April 14.

To read the HB1409 as approved by the House, click here:

http://www.house.state.mo.us/bills041/biltxt/perf/HB1409P.HTM

On April 29, the Senate Economic Development, Tourism and Local Government Committee adopts a Senate committee substitute for HB1409, which removed the endowed chairs proposal from the bill.

May

The Second Regular Session of the 92nd General Assembly adjourned on May 14 without final approval given to the endowed chairs proposal.

May 17 , 2004 Index