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The 97th General Assembly Begins

ASUM is pushing legislation through Missouri’s General Assembly that benefits students at the MU, UMSL, UMKC, and Rolla campuses. ASUM interns are UM students; they learn and live on each campus, are in tune with the wishes of the student body, and represent the 73,000 students in the UM system.

The legislative interns have their work cut out for them with  Missouri currently ranking 45th in higher education funding.Speaker of the House, Tim Jones, reiterates his “Triple E” platform which includes economic development, energy policy, and education reform for this legislative session.Similarly, Tom Dempsey, President Pro Tem has a “BIG” vision. BIG includes Building our infrastructure, Investing in education, and Growing Missouri’s economy.

The Missouri Legislature by the Numbers

Missouri House of Representative
sNumber of Republicans in the Missouri House: 109

Number of Democrats in the Missouri House: 52

Number of House Vacancies: 2 Missouri Senate

Number of Republicans in the Missouri Senate: 24

Number of Democrats in the Missouri Senate: 10

Breakdown of Women, Minority, and Freshman Legislators

Illustrations from the STL Beacon.

ASUM’s 2013 Legislative Platform Summary

Budget & Appropriations

ASUM supports protecting the current $400.3 million in core appropriations as well as the appropriation of an additional $17.6 million to support competitively ranked faculty compensation and the growth in enrollment at our four universities. Click here for more.

Student Curator

Since 1999, ASUM has worked to provide a vote to the Student Representative of the Board of Curators, which governs all four UM system universities. Click here for more.

STEM Initiative

ASUM strongly supports an increase in the states investments in higher education for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields. Click here for more.

Landlord & Tenant Relations

ASUM works to protect the interests of students both on and off campus. With growing enrollment numbers on all four campuses, it is not surprising that many students turn to off-campus housing options. ASUM supports legislation that strengthens the relationship between tenants and their landlords. Click here for more.

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