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May 10, 2019

 
House passes Governor’s economic development agenda
On Thursday, May 9, the House of Representatives took up for consideration SB 68 (Hough). Several amendments were offered and adopted, including the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant, before the bill was third read and passed by a vote of 92-51. It will now go back to the Senate for the body to accept or reject the changes made by the House.
 
Joint Committee on Education elects new leaders, discusses interim projects
The Joint Committee on Education, chaired by Sen. Gary Romine, met on Monday, May 6. Their first order of business was the election of new leadership for the coming year. The committee unanimously elected Rep. Dean Dohrman as the chair and Sen. Gary Romine as the vice-chair.

The Department of Higher Education then gave a presentation on the creation of the high-need occupations and programs lists for the proposed Fast Track program. Committee members asked about the process, including industry input; attraction of students into the programs; and why businesses are not able to find the employees they need.

Next, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education gave a presentation on the Computer Science standards. Committee members asked if there is an existing Bachelor of Science in Education in Computer Science and how the computer science standards might interact with the Fast Track program.

Finally, the committee discussed potential interim projects. Topics included the effects of parental involvement in education, a literature review of student success in low-SES and failing schools to find policy levers for educators, and how to increase flexibility in core requirements for STEM bachelor degrees.
 
Senate committee approves changes to HESFA
On Tuesday, May 7, the Senate Government Reform committee, chaired by Sen. Ed Emery, went into executive session on SB 496 (Emery), which modifies the definition of tuition for public institutions of higher education. A substitute was offered that would limit the percentage change in any supplementary fee, course fee, laboratory fee, or any other fee not included as a required fee – excluding any fee established by the student body of the institution – to the percentage change in the consumer price index (CPI). Each institution would be required to submit the percentage change to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education by July 1 of each year. Increases above the CPI would be subject to the penalty provisions of the Higher Education Student Funding Act (HESFA). The substitute was adopted and the bill was passed out of committee by a vote of 5-0.
 
Legislature Finalizes the FY 2020 budget for higher education and workforce development
This week was the final opportunity for committee changes to the Higher Education and Workforce Development budget for HB 3. On Tuesday, the House and Senate Budget Conference Committee met to work out differences between the two chambers. It was a historic week because this is the first time the conference committee’s work was broadcast live to the internet for Missourians across the state to watch. The Senate does not currently stream their budget hearings but the House has done so for some time. To watch the conference committee discussions on HB 3 click here (advance the recording to 26 minutes).

The fiscal differences in the bill were worked out as follows:

   • MoExcels: The House position prevailed, appropriating $18.9 million for these competitive proposals to expand workforce development education and training needs.
   • Mileage Reimbursement: The Senate position prevailed, increasing the mileage reimbursement rate from $0.37 to $0.43 per mile. For MDHE, this was only a $798 GR increase.
   • Access Missouri: The House position prevailed, adding the necessary $960,000 in funding required to meet the new statutory expansion of the program to include Western Governor’s University.
   • Fast Track: The House and Senate created a new compromised position. The House had appropriated $18.4 million and the Senate appropriated $10 million. The new revised position was $10 million funded exclusively from Lottery.
   • Pre-Apprenticeship Programs: The Senate position prevailed, adding $300,000 for a St. Louis program and $350,000 for a Kansas City program. This was partially funded with a $250,000 reduction in the Job Training core funding.
   • Deferred Maintenance: The Governor had recommended $20 million, the House changed that to $11 million and the Senate eliminated this line item. The Senate position prevailed.
   • Project Lead the Way: This STEM program at Missouri University of Science & Technology will receive an increase of $50,000 with the adoption of the Senate position.
   • University of Missouri—St. Louis International Collaboration Program: The Senate position prevailed, increasing funding by $100,000 for this economic development program.
   • STEM Workforce Expansion: The Senate position prevailed, adding $1.8 million in one-time funding for this effort at Missouri Southern State University.
   • Crowder College Nursing Program Expansion: The House position prevailed, adding $332,500 for this effort.
   • Funding for Higher Education Institutions: The Senate position prevailed in adding $500,000 to State Technical College of Missouri’s core funding and $1 million to each of the public university core budgets, with two exceptions. Missouri State University will receive a $10 million increase to increase their per-student funding so they are closer to the other institutions in this measure, and the University of Missouri System will not receive a core increase but will instead receive a $10 million appropriation for their precision medicine initiative.

It was also historic because it was the first time since 2009 that a conference committee report was rejected by a legislative chamber and sent back to conference. The highly contested issue affected prohibitions of state funding for non-resident students.

Part two of the House version of HB 3 includes language that states, “No funds shall be expended at public institutions of higher education that offer a tuition rate to any student with an unlawful immigration status in the United States that is less than the tuition rate charged to international students. It goes on to state, “No scholarship funds shall be expended on behalf of students with an unlawful immigration status in the United States.”

While the conferees agreed with the Senate position to eliminate the first language regarding tuition, they left in the language regarding the scholarships. However, on Thursday, the House voted to reject the conferees’ position, which would strike the language, by a vote of 43-110. Conference committee report #2 took the House position and was the version that was ultimately adopted by the General Assembly.

Late Thursday evening, the House passed HB 3 by a vote of 112-38. Early Friday morning, the Senate approved the bill by a vote of 25-8. The final version will be available online soon. The spending bills will now go to the Governor for his consideration.
 
Fast Facts for the Week
Items in bold relate directly to higher education.

Sent to the Governor:
    • None

Passed by the Senate:
    • HB 138 (Kidd): Establishes “Simon’s Law,” which changes the laws regarding life-sustaining or nonbeneficial treatment policies of health care facilities
    • HB 192 (DeGroot): Modifies provisions relating to the payment fines by offenders
    • HB 220 (Andrews): Modifies provisions relating to the taxation of property involved in producing wind energy
    • HB 565 (Morse): Designates November 9 as “Stars and Stripes Day” to commemorate Missouri’s role in the creation of the newspaper of the United States Armed Forces
    • HB 677 (Patterson): Extends authority to appropriate money for certain convention and sports complex funds
    • HB 821 (Solon): Establishes the Land Bank Act, which authorizes St. Joseph to create a land bank
    • HB 831 (Sharpe): Establishes a special license plate for the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives
 

Passed by the House:
    • HB 215 (DeGroot): Modifies provisions for the Property Assessment Clean Energy Act
    • HB 345 (McGirl): Designates August 31 of each year as “Random Acts of Kindness Day” in Missouri
    • HB 420 (Kelly): Removes geographical practice area limitations for certain assistant physicians, registered professional nurses, and physician assistants who are working in an alternatives to abortion agency
    • HB 535 (Anderson): Modifies sunset dates for certain fees collected by the secretary of state
    • HB 744 (Riggs): Establishes the 21st Century Missouri Education Task Force
    • HB 1158 (Pietzman): Requires the department of natural resources to assist permit applicants throughout the permitting process
    • HCR 43 (Shawan): Urges President Trump and Missouri’s congressional delegation to oppose the Green New Deal
    • SB 17 (Romine): Exempts any person retired and receiving a retirement allowance from PSRS and employed by a public community college from current law relating to retirement allowance restrictions
    • SB 28 (Hegeman): Places a cap on the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit
    • SB 36 (Riddle): Modifies provisions relating to real estate
    • SB 54 (Crawford): Specifies default interest rates for voluntary payments made by insurance companies
    • SB 68 (Hough): Modifies provisions relating to workforce development
    • SB 83 (Cunningham): Modifies provisions relating to the relocation of a child covered by a custody or visitation order
    • SB 131 (Emery): Modifies provisions relating to the distribution of energy
    • SB 147 (Sater): Enacts provisions relating to motor vehicle registration periods
    • SB 167 (Crawford): Modifies provisions relating to bonding requirements on public works
    • SB 174 (Crawford): Modifies provisions relating to taxation
    • SB 179 (Cunningham): Modifies filing requirements for certain banks and financial institutions
    • SB 196 (Bernskkoetter): Authorizes the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to award grants to preserve, protect, or restore historic county courthouses
    • SB 202 (Romine): Creates provisions relating to mining royalties on federal land
    • SB 210 (May): Creates a number of official state designations, a memorial highway, and the Missouri Historical Theater program
    • SB 230 (Crawford): Modifies provisions relating to venue in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings
    • SB 306 (White): Modifies provisions regarding school registration and in-state tuition for dependents of military members
 

 


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