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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.

Governor emphasizes education in inaugural address

Gov. Matt Blunt was sworn in Monday, Jan. 10 as the 54th Governor of Missouri and pledged to make good on his campaign promises to change government. His address emphasized the importance of supporting public education, evoking the language of Thomas Jefferson as he underscored the need to free up dollars from other areas of state government to funnel to education. To read his entire address, please click here:
In the days since his address, Blunt has rescinded the collective bargaining rule for public employees, closed the state’s office in Washington, D.C., and frozen purchases of state vehicles or cell phones. He also has begun the process of appointing new department directors and is now preparing for a State of the State and budget address that is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. We will have full coverage of his budget address in the next update.

Senate Appropriations Committee hears public testimony on higher education

The University of Missouri had eleven witnesses appear Thursday, Jan. 20 before the Senate Appropriations Committee. For the first time the Senate is seeking public comment on the various Appropriations bills. The message from the witnesses was clear: “The University is an extremely valuable resource and vital to the future of Missouri.” Witness stressed the importance of access, accountability and affordability. The University will learn the recommended appropriation amount for higher education next week when Gov. Blunt recommends the budget for the next fiscal year. [ Read more… ]

House announces committee chairs

The House announced committee chairs on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Appropriations/Education Chair is Rep. Kathlyn Fares (R-Webster Groves); Budget Chair is Rep. Brad Lager (R-Maryville); and Higher Education Chair is Rep. Gayle Kingery (R-Poplar Bluff). [ Read more… ]

Senate Education Committee considers name change bills

The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Sen. Gary Nodler (R-Joplin), conducted its first hearing Tuesday, Jan. 18 and considered five bills that involve name changes for several institutions. [ Read more… ]

Columbia Chamber of Commerce supports UM legislative agenda

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to endorse the University’s legislative agenda with particular attention to the operating and capital budget requests. The Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee heard a presentation on the priorities earlier this month. [ Read more (PDF) ]

31st Annual Alumni Alliance Legislative Day

Join the Alliance of Alumni Associations and Extension on Wednesday, March 16 at the State Capitol. Events include capitol visits and a University of Missouri rally. This year’s showcase in the Capitol Rotunda will focus on economic development. For a schedule and registration information: [ Read more… ]

Bill status reports now available

The UM Government Relations website now posts bill status reports on topics such as appropriations, name change issues, stem cell research and more. The bill reports are updated nightly. [ Read more… ]

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