Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

December 16, 2005

Senate Education Chair holds higher education summit with college presidents

Sen. Gary Nodler (R-Joplin), chair of the Senate Education Committee, held a higher education summit with college and university presidents Dec. 8 to discuss plans for higher education legislation in the upcoming session. Nodler distributed a list of bills he plans to file and noted that it is likely the legislation will be wrapped into an “omnibus” higher education bill during the session. He was joined by Rep. Gayle Kingery (R-Poplar Bluff), chair of the House Higher Education Committee; Sen. Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph), chair of the Joint Committee on Education; and Greg Fitch, commissioner of higher education for Missouri.

Bills discussed during the forum included:

The group also heard a proposal by Sen. Jason Crowell (R-Cape Girardeau) that would double the Bright Flight scholarship from $2,000 to $4,000. SB662 would provide the first increase to the program since it was launched in 1987.

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