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Dustin Schnieders
Dustin Schnieders

Director for Government Relations



Office of Government Relations

The Office of Government Relations is the lobbying function on the state and federal level for the entire University of Missouri System including its four campuses, MU Extension and MU Health Care. Each year, the University sets its legislative priorities focused on funding its core and building for the future. Supporting these priorities will help the University carry out its mission and provide a significant return on investment for the state of Missouri.

Legislative Priorities for 2019 include:

Legislative Priorities for 2019 include:

Building for the Future

Provide priority consideration for new assets that will transform our universities ($125 million):

  • MU Translational Precision Medicine Complex ($75 million)
  • UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance ($50 million)

Funding the Core

In total, UM System requests $416.8 million in core funding:

  • $416.8 million in continuance of core operations appropriated in FY19
  • Up to $72.5 million in new performance funding tied to current performance measures and new workforce development initiatives

Other Priorities

The University also plans to pursue the following:

  • Enabling legislation for integration of SSM St. Mary's Hospital with MU Health Care in Jefferson City

To contact the Office of Government Relations, please call 573-882-2726.

Latest Updates

End of session recap

May 25, 2018

Recap of the 2018 regular legislative session that concluded on Friday, May 18 at 6 p.m.

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Week of April 30 updates

May 4, 2018

Budget, dental bill and SB807 (omnibus bill) updates

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Week of April 23 updates

April 27, 2018

Senate budget, dental bill, higher ed omnibus bill updates

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