End of Session Report for the Missouri Legislature
The 2022 legislative session has now concluded. The University of Missouri System had an overall successful year with an increase in higher education core funding, MoExcels projects and funding for each of our institution’s top capital improvement project. Governor Parson will now have to approve the state operating budget and must either sign, pocket sign or veto the legislation.
UM System Priority Tracking List
Please click here to see all the bills that were tracked this year as it relates to the University of Missouri System. Bill language for any of the bills can be found on the House and Senate websites, listed below.
The Missouri General Assembly approved House Bill’s 1-20 related to FY23 Budget. House Bill 3, which appropriates money for Missouri Higher Education Institutions core budgets and related line items included $262,956,797 for the UM System core with additional core funding to Mizzou’s Law Clinic, Mizzou’s Delta Center, and Extension. These increases brought UM System core appropriations to approximately $463M. House Bill 20, which appropriates money for planning and capital improvements from ARPA dollars, gave $104 million to the University of Missouri-Columbia for the NextGen Radiopharmaceuticals and Animal Science, $41,250,000M to Missouri S&T for the construction and or renovation needs for the Missouri Protoplex, $40M to the University of Missouri-St. Louis for the for the demolition, construction and or renovation needs for a Campus of the Future, and $40M to the University of Missouri-Kansas City for the construction and or renovation needs for a Health Science District Development.
Additional budgetary items for the UM System are outlined below.
HB 3003 Higher Education
- University of Missouri Core $262,956,797
- University of Missouri- Land Grant Core- $27,500,000
- University of Missouri- First Professional Doctorate Degrees Core- $94,700,000
- University of Missouri-Research & Development Operations Core-$74,800,000
- Total Core $463,876,797M
- University of Missouri-School of Law Family Violence & Criminal Prosecution Clinic- NDI- $400,000
- University of Missouri-Fisher Delta Research Center for the Rice Breeders Association- NDI- $120,000
- University of Missouri-Graves-Chapple Extension & Education Center- NDI- $400,000
- S&T: Re-engineering Missouri’s STEM Workforce-$815,000
- MU: Advancing Adult Learning Paths-$1,000,000
- UMSL: Geospatial Workforce Development-$49,000
- UMKC: Student Career Paths (Mobility Escalators)-$1,536,000
- UMSL: Industrial Engineering Degree Program-$1,093,000
HB 3020 ARPA Funds
- MU Received $104M for the NextGen Radiopharmaceuticals and Animal Science with a 50/50 match up to $60M and a 25/75 match over $60M.
- Delta Center will receive $1M for maintenance, repair and capital improvements
- MU’s Thompson Center will receive $31,500,000 for autism and neurodevelopment disorders that provide clinical services, research, and training with a 50/50 match up to $60M and a 25/75 match over $60M
- MU’s Missouri Foundation Seed program to receive $3,240,000 dollars
- UMSL received $40M for the demolition, construction and or renovation needs for a Campus of the Future with a 50/50 match up to $60M and a 25/75 match over $60M
- UMKC received $40M for the construction and or renovation needs for a Health Science District Development with a 50/50 match up to $60M and a 25/75 match over $60M
- Missouri S&T received $41,250,000M for the construction and or renovation needs for the Missouri Protoplex with a 50/50 match up to $60M and a 25/75 match over $60M
Higher Education Bills Pass
The Missouri General Assembly truly agreed to and passed Senate Bill 718, which designates the third week in September as “Historically Black College and University Week” in Missouri. This legislation was amended to include a package of education issues including a medical preceptorship tax credit, modifications to dual credit and dual enrollment courses and computer science courses, name, image, and likeness rights (NIL), workforce diploma program, suicide and crisis lifelines information advanced placement examination credit, and bankruptcy exemptions. Please see below for additional information or click here.
- Medical preceptorship tax credit
- This act authorizes a taxpayer to claim a tax credit for serving as a community-based faculty preceptor for a medical student core preceptorship or a physician assistant student core preceptorship, as such terms are defined in the act.
- The tax credit shall be equal to $1,000 for each preceptorship, but not to exceed $3,000 in any tax year.
- This provision is substantially similar to Senate Bill 801
- Modifications to dual credit and dual enrollment courses
- Under current law, a dual credit scholarship shall reimburse each eligible student for up to fifty percent of the tuition and cost paid by the student to enroll in a dual credit course. Current law also limits the amount of the scholarship per student to $500 annually for all dual credit courses taken by such student. This act provides that each eligible student shall be offered a dual credit or dual enrollment scholarship equal to the tuition and fees paid by the student to enroll in the dual credit or dual enrollment course. The act also repeals the $500 limitation. Finally, the act renames the Dual Credit Scholarship Fund as the Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment Scholarship Fund.
- These provisions are similar to Senate Bill 1055
- Computer science courses
- Computer science courses successfully completed and counted toward state graduation requirements shall be equivalent to one science or practical arts credit for the purpose of satisfying admission requirements at any public institution of higher education in the state.
- This act establishes the "Computer Science Education Task Force". The Task Force shall develop a strategic plan for expanding a statewide computer science education program.
- These provisions are identical to the perfected House Bill 2202, the University of Missouri System worked with the bill sponsor on this bill and is thankful to the bill sponsor for working on agreeable language.
- Name, image, and likeness rights (NIL)
- This act authorizes a postsecondary educational institution or any officer, director, or employee of such institution, including a coach or any individual associated with an athletic department, to identify or assist with opportunities for a student athlete to earn compensation from a third party for the use of the student athlete's name, image, likeness rights, or athletic reputation, provided that the person doesn't serve as the student athlete's agent, receive compensation from the student athlete or a third party, attempt to influence an athlete's choice of professional representation or reduce the athlete's opportunities from competing third parties, or be present at any meeting between a student athlete and a third party where the student athlete's compensation is negotiated or completed.
- Currently, postsecondary educational institutions that enter into commercial agreements that require the use of a student athlete's name, image, likeness, or athletic reputation must conduct a financial development program for the athletes. This act requires such program to include information concerning financial aid, debt management, and a recommended budget for student athletes based on the current year's cost of attendance. The program must also include information on time management skills necessary for success as a student athlete and available academic resources.
- Suicide and crisis lifelines information
- This act requires a public school or charter school with pupils in grades seven to twelve, as well as a public institution of higher education, that issues pupil or student identification cards to print the 3-digit dialing code that directs calls and routes text messages to the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, 988.
- Advanced Placement (AP) examination credit
- This act creates provisions relating to advanced placement examinations.
- Each institution, which includes in-state public community college, college, or university that offers postsecondary freshman-level courses shall adopt and implement a policy to grand undergraduate course credit to entering freshman students for each advanced placement examination where a student achieves a score of 3 or higher for any similarly correlated course offered by the institution.
- This provision is identical to House Bill 1683, the University of Missouri System worked with the bill sponsor on this bill and is thankful to the bill sponsor for working on agreeable language.
The Senate finally sent a new congressional map to the Governor. Only 43 bills will hit the Governor’s desk this year, plus all the budget bills. In a normal year, the Missouri General Assembly truly agrees more than 150 bills.
A Record Budget
With the help of billions of dollars in federal COVID relief money, the General Assembly sent to the Governor a record budget for fiscal year 2023 in excess of $45 billion. For the first time in 30 years, the state is fully funding its portion of the cost to bus children to and from school. There is money to raise the minimum starting pay of teachers to $38,000 and there is a one-time deposit of $500 million into the Missouri State Employees Retirement System to help fulfill its obligations, among others.
The House passed a map early on, but some in the Senate had objections to it. The House passed another version early last week. It was sitting in a Senate committee until a procedure called a “discharge petition” brought it straight to the Senate floor for debate. This avoided the possibility of a session-ending filibuster of the journal on the final day. Faced with the choice of the map in front of them or the possibility of a map drawn by the courts, those who objected finally relented. The maps below were truly agreed on a vote of 22-11.
Charter School Funding
By making a change to the foundation formula that distributes general revenue to public schools, charter schools in Kansas City and St. Louis could receive as much as $74 million a year. Charter school advocates have been looking for additional funding for years.
Eminent Domain Protections
For years, rural landowners in northern Missouri have been trying to kill the Grain Belt Express, a high-voltage transmission line running from Kansas to Indiana and across Missouri. Invenergy has been making deals with landowners to cross their property. But if no deal can be reached, Invenergy is authorized to use eminent domain to take the property at 150% of fair market value. A bill sent to the Governor this week increases landowner protections for future projects but allows the Grain Belt Express to move forward.
One-Time Tax Credit
Even after a record budget, there was still money left over. An initial proposal in the House to spend $1 billion of it on a one-time tax credit of $500 per taxpayer ($1,000 filing jointly) was pared back in the Senate by adding a means test. The Senate version that ultimately went to the governor eliminates the credit for those earning in excess of $150,000 per year ($300,000 if filing jointly), cutting the cost to $500 million.
With the passage of HB 1878, voters will be required to produce a state-issued photo ID. The bill also allows the secretary of state to audit voter registration records, prohibits voting machines from being connected to the internet, requires paper ballots, bans drop boxes for the collection of absentee ballots, and gets rid of the presidential primary. The bill also includes two weeks of no-excuse absentee voting in advance of Election Day. Previous efforts to pass Voter ID have been shot down by the courts. This bill includes a non-severability clause, meaning that if any part of the bill is thrown out, all provisions are thrown out.
Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed Legislation
Please click here for a list of all the Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed legislation.
Failed to Pass Legislation
- An effort to block biological males from competing in women’s sports passed the House but failed to get any traction in the Senate.
- To make it stricter for the citizens to amend the state constitution failed
- Legalized sports betting failed
- Legalize video lottery terminals failed
Dates of Interest
May 13, 2022: Legislative Session Adjourns
June 30, 2022: FY 2023 budget bills must be signed by the Governor
July 1, 2022: First day of fiscal year 2023
July 14, 2022: The last day for Governor Parson to sign or veto legislation
August 28, 2022: Effective date of all legislation passed in the 2022 session, unless otherwise specified in the bill
September 14, 2022: Constitutionally required Veto Session
December 1, 2022: Pre-filing of legislation for 2023