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UM Legislative Update Newsletter

February 9, 2007

Senate Education Committee considers vet med loan repayment bill, transfer scholarships

The Senate Education Committee met on Wednesday, Feb. 7, to hear testimony on two bills of interest to higher education and the University of Missouri. SB320, deals with veterinary medicine loan repayment, and SB160, relates to community college transfer scholarships.

SB320, introduced by Sen. Dan Clemens (R-Marshfield), transfers administration of the Large Animal Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program from the Veterinary Medical Board to the Department of Agriculture and creates a loan program that would provide loans for up to six students in large animal veterinary medicine programs. After graduation, the loans would be forgiven as long as the recipient stays in Missouri and practices large animal veterinary medicine in underserved areas of the state. An advisory panel is established to oversee the program. Cecil Moore, interim dean for MU’s School of Veterinary Medicine, was among those testifying in support of the bill.

The Education Committee also considered SB160, sponsored by Sen. Scott Rupp (R-Wentzville), which establishes the community college associate degree transfer incentive scholarship program. Under the measure, a student who completes an associate degree at a public community college in Missouri and then transfers to a four-year institution would be eligible for the scholarship. A similar measure was considered by the legislature last year. The bill also would allow students at Rankin Technical Institution to receive A+ scholarships, which currently are not allowed for any private institution.

The committee took no action on the bills.

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