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Budget process continues in the House

The House Budget Committee continued its work this week on the FY2006 budget as lawmakers prepare to complete work on appropriations by the May 6 deadline. The House version for the University of Missouri's core budget follows the governor's recommendation for a flat operating appropriation. The Committee did restore $1.9 million in the core budget that was removed last week; the budget also identifies the same amount as an addition for the dental program at UM-Kansas City. [Read more…]

House Committee considers plan to change higher education funding

A proposal to change the way the state funds higher education institutions was considered on Tuesday, April 5 before the House Higher Education Committee. HB 742, sponsored by Rep. Carl Bearden (R-St. Charles), includes a pledge to bring state funding back up to FY2002 levels and then begin a new funding formula based on performance contracts and student enrollment. Several higher education representatives, including University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd, testified for informational purposes on the bill. [Read more…]

Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

Sen. Carl Vogel with UM-Rolla students Kyle Anderson and Kylee Hyzer

Students from all four campuses displayed their projects during Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, an annual event held April 5 at the Missouri State Capitol. The event demonstrates to legislators the unique opportunities undergraduate students from the University of Missouri have to participate in research with faculty. [Read more…]

Senate debates stem cell legislation

The Senate debated SB 160, sponsored by Sen. Matt Bartle (R-Lee's Summit), for most of the day on Wednesday, April 6. The bill prohibits the act of human cloning and in a floor substitute imposes civil penalties of up to $50,000 on any person who violates the bill. The original bill imposed criminal penalties for violations. A number of senators discussed issues surrounding the legislation, from when life begins to the implications of enacting the law on in vitro fertilization and birth control. Before placing the bill back on the informal calendar, Sen. Bartle reached an agreement with majority floor leader Sen. Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph) that the bill could be debated again this year if the proponents and opponents were able to reach a compromise.

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