Legislative Update: April 6, 2018

Posted in Updates by on April 6th, 2018

Weekly Update

After two weeks away from the Capitol for spring break, ASUM is back in Jefferson City for the final month of the legislative session!

During the break, the House of Representatives restored funding for the higher education budget from which the Governor proposed significant cuts. This was a win for all UM System students! In the coming weeks, ASUM will continue working to ensure the security of higher education funding in the Senate.

Platform Updates

On Wednesday, our mental health and STEM initiatives were both perfected on the House floor. This is the final step before the bills head to the Senate! Our mental health bill, HB 2354, was amended onto Rep. Haefner’s (R-St. Louis County) HB 1419 on the House floor by Representative Keith Frederick (R-Rolla). This allowed our initiative to get further in the legislative process by attaching onto another mental health related bill. Our STEM initiative, HB2255, sponsored by Representative Bart Korman (R-Montgomery) was also perfected on the floor. With both bills headed to the Senate, we are optimistic these bills have a shot at becoming law this year!

Our consent education legislation, HB 2234, sponsored by Representative Holly Rehder (R-Scott), is expected to be perfected on the floor in the coming weeks. We are optimistic this legislation will move quickly through the House and into the Senate.

Other News

UM System students present research in the Capitol rotunda

ASUM interns also visited with UM System students in the Capitol on Thursday to present undergraduate research projects. Our team learned a lot from these impressive students! These presentations further show the importance of a UM System degree and students’ value to our state. Congratulations, students!