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April 12, 2019

 
Education committees pass several higher education bills
On Monday, April 8, the House Higher Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Dean Dohrman, went into executive session. HB 1099 (Griesheimer), which creates new provisions relating to agreements between public institutions of higher education and private developers, was amended to include provisions about competitive bidding. The bill was then voted out of committee 9-0. HB 837, which prohibits public institutions of higher learning from discriminating against a religious student association or denying a religious student association any benefit available to any other student association, was voted out of committee without amendment 6-3. Reps. Razer, Kendrick, and Proudie voted no.

On Wednesday, April 10, the Senate Education Committee, chaired by Sen. Gary Romine, went into executive session. HB 225 (Swan), which creates the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant, was amended to include a loan forgiveness program and remove the sunset provision. The bill was then voted out of committee 5-2, with Sens. Emery and Onder voting no. SB 474 (Bernskoetter), which permits institutions of higher education to enter into long-term concession agreements with private partners, was amended to include provisions about competitive bidding. The bill was then voted out of committee 7-0.

 
Senate committee considers change to definition of tuition
On Tuesday, April 9, the Senate Government Reform Committee, chaired by Sen. Ed Emery, received public testimony on SB 496 (Emery), which includes supplementary fees, course fees, laboratory fees, and all other fees in the definition of “tuition” for public institutions of higher education. Testifying in support of the bill were Michael Jenkins and Suzanne Young on behalf of the Associated Students of the University of Missouri. Testifying in opposition to the bill was Paul Wagner on behalf of the Council on Public Higher Education.
 
House Veterans Committee considers higher education legislation
On Wednesday, April 10, the House Veterans Committee, chaired by Rep. Chuck Basye, received testimony on SB 283 (Hoskins), which removes the sunset provision for the Veteran’s Survivor Grant program. Testifying in support of the bill was Pat Rowe Kerr.

The committee then went into executive session and amended HCR 9 (Justus), which recognizes the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument at College of the Ozarks as the official Gold Star Families Memorial Monument of Missouri. The bill was voted out of committee 12-0.
 
Senate budget markup begins
Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee reviewed the House version of the budget before beginning markup of the FY 2020 spending plan. This week, the committee began identifying areas in which they are in agreement with the House and flagging differences. Next week, the Senate plans to finalize its version of the budget, both in the committee and on the floor.

The committee left the following items open and will return to them for further discussion starting next Tuesday:
    • Funding for Public Colleges and Universities: The committee will continue to discuss core, performance, and equity funding next week.
    • MoExcels: The committee took the Governor’s position, which includes $16.3 million for projects. The committee maintained the House approach of listing each project in an individual line-item rather than a single line for all projects. The committee will discuss the two projects recommended by the House but not the Governor next week.
    • Computer Coding Initiative: The House added this $500,000 item.
    • Crowder College Nursing Expansion: The House added this $332,500 item.
    • UMSL International Collaboration: The House increased this line by $50,000 over the Governor’s recommendation.
    • State Historical Society: This $500,000 in funding for the operation of their new building was left open.

The following items have been “closed” by the committee at an amount different than the House budget. They will not be discussed further by the committee. Unless action on the Senate floor brings them into alignment with the House position, they will be taken up in conference.
    • MDHE Default Prevention Activities: The committee proposed eliminating this $250,000 line item.
    • Access Missouri Increase: The committee reduced the increase from $960,000 to $400,000.
    • Fast Track: The committee’s position overall is $10 million, all of which is General Revenue. The House budget included $18.4 million from a combination of General Revenue and Lottery funds.
    • Workforce Programs: The committee proposed a $250,000 core reduction and elimination of a $100,000 Workforce Pre-Apprenticeship Program and instead recommended funding for a new decision item for a $350,000 Workforce Pre-Apprenticeship Program in Kansas City.
    • Deferred Maintenance: The Senate position would not fund the $20 million proposed by the Governor, nor the $11 million proposed by the House.
    • Missouri University of Science & Technology’s Project Lead the Way: The Senate position added $50,000 to this $200,000 item.
    • Missouri Southern State University STEM Workforce Expansion: The House added this $1.8 million recommendation. The Senate committee eliminated it.

If the item is not listed above, the Senate is in agreement with the House position for the line item and it is closed.
 
Fast Facts for the Week
Items in bold related directly to higher education.

Sent to the Governor:
    • HB 77 (Black): Modifies provisions relating to teacher and school employee retirement systems

Passed by the Senate:
    • SB 330 (Brown): Establishes an “Association of Missouri Electrical Cooperatives” special license plate

Passed by the House:
    • HB 400 (Basye): Changes the law regarding the Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act
    • HB 575 (Dohrman): Allows institutions of higher education to designate one or more faculty or staff members as campus protection officers
    • HB 65 (Pike): Modifies a definition relating to alcohol
    • HB 83 (Hill): Changes the law relating to health insurance policies sold in the state of Missouri
    • HB 106 (Smith): Modifies provisions relating to immunity of real estate licensees
    • HB 112 (Sommer): Modifies provisions relating to services and programs for gifted children
    • HB 159 (Love): Modifies provisions relating to outdoor advertising
    • HB 160 (Knight): Allows Public Service Commission to authorize a low income rate for water and sewer service
    • HB 229 (Swan): Establishes a rebuttable presumption that child custody arrangements that award equal parenting time are in the best interest of the child
    • HB 265 (Taylor): Requires all nonfood items sold in the state capitol be made in the USA
    • HB 269 (Shaul): Modifies provisions for candidate filing fees payable to the secretary of state and the secretary of state’s subpoena power
    • HB 287 (Kidd): Modifies the definition of “public utility”
    • HB 346 (Lynch): Modifies the Missouri Works Program to allow the qualifications of certain military projects
    • HB 372 (Trent): Modifies provisions relating to employment security
    • HB 374 (Christofanelli): Modifies provisions relating to sales tax
    • HB 407 (Justus): Designates the hellbender salamander as the official endangered species of the state of Missouri
    • HB 485 (Dogan): Requires the state board of education to modify accreditation standards for special school districts
    • HB 501 (Grier): Designates the Missouri “Show Me” tartan, as registered with the Scottish Tartans Authority in Pitlochry, Scotland, as the official tartan of the state of Missouri
    • HB 559 (Spencer): Modifies provisions relating to working animals
    • HB 563 (Wiemann): Modifies provisions relating to the Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System
    • HB 568 (Black): Authorizes political subdivisions to elect to cover certain positions as public safety personnel for purposes of retirement plans
    • HB 584 (Knight): Modifies fees charged by Department of Revenue contractor license offices
    • HB 606 (Basye): Modifies provisions relating to transportation of school children
    • HB 674 (Kolkmeyer): Authorizes the cities of Lexington, Odessa, and Higginsville to levy a transient guest tax upon voter approval
    • HB 700 (Rehder): Modifies when a court may grant grandparent visitation
    • HB 705 (Helms): Relating to Professional Registration
    • HB 723 (Pike): Modifies provisions relating to public employee retirement benefits
    • HB 728 (Billington): Requires the name of the real party in interest to be named in civil actions involving the separation of church and state unless the party in interest is a minor
    • HB 745 (Ruth): Requires a court to notify a school of any change in custody
    • HB 746 (Wilson): Modifies provisions relating to charges for the service of court orders
    • HB 761 (Pfautsch): Changes the law regarding financial reports by political subdivisions
    • HB 815 (Black): Increases the maximum duration of credit transaction that is subject to regulation under the statutes governing credit insurance
    • HB 841 (Ruth): Designates September 9 as “Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Awareness Day”
    • HB 844 (Hudson): Changes the laws regarding requirements of lodging establishments
    • HB 873 (Riggs): Establishes the “Jake Beckley Memorial Highway” in Marion County
    • HB 942 (Wiemann): Changes provisions relating to solicitation and marketing practices of a multiple employer welfare association
    • HB 1061 (Patterson): Authorizes a tax exemption for certain transactions with a port authority
    • HB 1127 (Porter): Provides a definition for Missouri bourbon whiskey
    • HCR 6 (Chipman): Designates November 7 as Victims of Communism Memorial Day
 


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