Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

February 18, 2005

Name change bill moves to the House

Once the protective language was added, President Floyd asked Graham to end the filibuster when it became clear the Senate was not going to break and sufficient votes were there to move the legislation forward. The perfection vote passed 23-7, and the third reading on Thursday sent the bill to the House with a 25-7 vote. It is expected to be taken up by the House Higher Education Committee as early as next week.

The language added in the amendment addresses several concerns of University of Missouri supporters, including:

With those safeguards in place, Floyd e-mailed Graham the following message: "I am writing you at this hour to thank you for all that you do and continue to do on behalf of the University of Missouri. You are a wonderful ambassador for the University and we benefit tremendously from your leadership. I especially appreciate your valiant efforts concerning the name change for Southwest Missouri State University. There is no doubt that the name, Missouri State University, designates the University of Missouri, but the political realities of the General Assembly suggest otherwise. I greatly appreciate your work in securing language that protects the core mission of the University, and eliminates program duplication at a time when all of higher education is inadequately funded. I respectfully request that you move on and lead us in addressing the important issues facing higher education in our state."

Other names:

The bill also includes four other name changes: Missouri Southern State University-Joplin would drop the "Joplin" designation; Missouri Western State College and Harris-Stowe State College would each become universities; and Central Missouri State University would become the University of Central Missouri. The Warrensburg school’s governing board voted to approve that name and drop its opposition to the SMSU name during a meeting Wednesday.

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