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

Senate Pro Tem sets legislative priorities

On January 5, the 93rd General Assembly convened for the 2005 legislative session. In his first address as President Pro Tem, Senator Michael Gibbons (R-Kirkwood) challenged his fellow Senators to honor the traditions of the Senate by working together to put "people before politics." Gibbons outlined his priorities for the 2005 legislative session, including job creation; good education for all; quality health care; an end to waste, fraud and abuse in Medicaid; and a simplified tax system. He committed to passing meaningful tort reform legislation, citing its effects on quality health care and the professionals providing it. Workers' compensation reform and the school funding formula also are on the agenda.
 
The Senate also announced committee appointments. University of Missouri alumni serve on committees including Education, Appropriations, and Aging, Families, Mental and Public Health. [ Read more… ]

House begins session with tone of bipartisan cooperation

House begins sessionNew House Speaker Rod Jetton (R-Marble Hill) kicked off the 2005 legislative session with a theme of bipartisan cooperation and emphasized his desire to revamp House rules to allow for more organized and equal debate on issues. Jetton also highlighted common themes from recent campaigns, including building the economy, making government more accountable, funding needed services and protecting traditional family values. The Republican and Democratic leadership also met together for a joint press conference following the swearing-in ceremony to pledge bipartisan cooperation in the coming year. [ Read more… ]

Stem cell research

University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd, along with leaders from three other research institutions, sent a letter to lawmakers urging them to oppose any legislation that would ban or criminalize a type of research called somatic cell nuclear transfer. The signers fear that banning this research would undermine Missouri's effort to build a strong life sciences industry and would deprive Missouri citizens of access to potential treatments and cures. [ Read more… ]

State budget projection update

Governor-elect Matt Blunt will announce his budgetary recommendations during his “State of the State” address to be delivered on Jan. 26, 2005. The new Governor and House and Senate leaders have agreed to the anticipated fiscal year 2005-2006 budget dollar target. Declining state revenue and failure to reach such an agreement in the recent past have meant a far more chaotic appropriations process.
 
Limited fiscal growth is expected, with much legislative attention directed toward the funding formula for elementary and secondary education.
 
The University of Missouri is requesting a $481.1 million appropriation for FY06. State revenues for FY05 continue as forecast, and the University should receive last year's appropriated amount of $400.8 million.

University capital improvement request

The University of Missouri requests state capital appropriations for FY06 for construction of a Health Sciences Research Center at UM-Columbia; construction of a Center for Health Sciences Research (phase I and phase II) at UM-Kansas City; renovation of Schrenk Hall at UM-Rolla; and renovation of Benton/Stadler Halls at UM-St. Louis. [ Read more… ]

UM Health Care issues for 2005

The University of Missouri has an ambitious agenda for health care-related issues in 2005, including a request for $20 million in funding to train and increase the number of health care professionals in the state, and capital projects for health sciences buildings on the Columbia and Kansas City campuses. These priorities and the issues they address relate well to 2005 legislative leadership priorities announced on Jan. 5, 2005. [ Read more… ]

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