Student Leader Lobby Day
ASUM had a very busy week in Jefferson City this week with the annual Student Leader Lobby Day and two of our bills receiving hearings in House committees. It’s all hands on deck as session is heating up and all of our legislation is moving full speed ahead.
On Tuesday, student leaders across the four UM System campuses met in Jefferson City with ASUM leaders and interns to discuss student concerns. It was a great opportunity for students to meet with their elected officials, as well as see first hand how ASUM operates on a day-to-day basis. We look forward to our annual Student Advocacy Day next month when more students from each campus have the opportunity to come work with us! If you’re interested in attending, you can find more information below!
Our STEM legislation, HB2255, sponsored by Rep. Korman (R-Montgomery) was heard in the House Ways and Means Committee on Monday. The bill was well received and will be voted on in executive session this Monday. This legislation will provide scholarships to students in the UM system who pursue STEM degrees. To learn more about our STEM initiative, please see our issue fact sheet.
Our consent education legislation, HB2234, sponsored by Rep. Rehder (R-Scott) was heard Tuesday in the Children and Families Committee. Rep. Rehder presented the bill, followed by thirteen other testimonies in favor including Legislative Director, Chelsea Spence, student representatives from It’s On Us, and statewide organizations and nonprofits. The outpouring of support lasted for over an hour! We are extremely grateful and humbled by the support we received. The bill was well received and will be voted on this Tuesday. You can read more about it here.
Outside the Capitol
ASUM Leadership was invited to the Missouri 100 Meeting by President Choi last weekend. ASUM System leadership and campus presidents met in Columbia with leaders across the state in a variety of fields. ASUM was very excited to be invited to this prestigious event. We thank President Choi for welcoming us into his home and allowing us to represent the student voice to influential men and woman across the state.
Mark your calendars for the 31st Annual Student Advocacy Day hosted by ASUM on Tuesday, March 6, from 11:00am – 3:00pm. This is a stellar way for any UM System student to work alongside ASUM in Jefferson City and talk with lawmakers about student issues. Transportation and lunch are provided. Click here to visit the event’s Facebook page, or click here to skip that step and RSVP.
This week at the Capitol, ASUM leadership and interns were hard at work. With the Governor releasing his proposed budget and several of ASUM’s platforms up and running, this was a busy week! With a tight budget, interns will be working diligently in the coming weeks to maintain funding for higher education and the University of Missouri System. Consent Education and Mental Health are both moving quickly through the legislative process.
On Monday, January 22, Governor Greitens released the proposed budget for fiscal year 2019. In his proposal, the Governor recommended $1.1 billion for the Department of Higher Education, down from the previous year’s $1.9 billion. The Governor also recommended no funding for ‘Higher Education Initiatives,’ down from $10.7 billion last year. This included several partnership programs between the UM System that enable institutions to pool resources and reduce duplicate programs. Lastly, the Governor recommended $376 million for the University of Missouri System, down from $419 million last year. Interns will be working in the coming weeks to advocate for increased funding to higher education.
Our Consent Education platform has officially been filed by Rep. Holly Rehder (R- Scott) as HB 2234. In the coming days, we our hopeful this important piece of legislation will be referred to a committee in the House. We are thankful for Rep. Rehder and her office for all of the work they have done to support this legislation! Full bill language is available here.
Mental Health (SB 788), filed by Rep. Fredrick (R- Rolla) in the House and Sen. Nasheed (D- St. Louis) in the Senate, has been referred to the Senate Education Committee. The team will be working hard these next couple of weeks to secure a hearing. Full bill language is available here.
Out in the Community
This past Thursday, ASUM leadership attended the Boone County Forum to discuss the problems facing higher education. Several legislators, including Sen. Rowden (R- Boone and Cooper), spoke on the challenges currently facing higher education and their plans to tackle the issue.
Mark your calendars for the 31st Annual Student Advocacy Day hosted by ASUM on Tuesday, March 6, from 9:00am – 1:00pm. This is a stellar way for any UM System student to work alongside ASUM in Jefferson City and talk with lawmakers about student issues. Transportation and lunch are provided. Click here to visit the event’s Facebook page, or click here to skip that step and RSVP.
During the first week of classes, ASUM leadership and interns were in the Capitol working to get our platforms moving in the legislative process. We are excited to announce that our Consent Education platform officially has a bill sponsor in the House of Representatives. Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Scott), agreed to carry the bill in the House and help get this important legislation passed. We are very thankful for her willingness to work with us on this issue! You can read the bill language here.
This week, the Allan Purdy Statewide Work Study bill, sponsored by Rep. Kendrick (D-Columbia) received a hearing in the House Higher Education Committee. Executive Director, Steven Chaffin, testified in favor of the legislation to the committee members. While the committee has not voted yet, the bill seemed well received by the members. You can read the bill language here.
In the coming weeks, the intern team and ASUM leadership will work to solidify support in both the Senate and the House for upcoming hearings. We are extremely excited that our platforms are moving through the legislative process so quickly! We look forward to updating you all as more advancements are made.
ASUM will be registering students to vote this week, March 1st through 5th, in the Havener Center from 11am to 2pm. Enjoy a free doughnut also!
ASUM Board of Directors and Advisors,
Session is nearly over, but we have plenty of work ahead of us. Unlike in previous sessions, our team will be working hard down ‘till the very last day of session (and, conveniently, the semester).
Note that the Budget and Student Curator platforms have been omitted from this update, as the former is complete and the latter is terminally stagnant. I will give a full review of the four platforms in my final legislative update in two weeks from now.
SB 873 was Second Read and Referred to the House Higher Education Committee this week. It will be heard in committee on Tuesday. We have laid extensive groundwork for this legislation, and we expect it will be voted Do Pass by a wide margin the same day, and heard and Voted Do Pass by the Select Committee on Education next Thursday.
SB 997, which we had reported would remain clean, was amended Tuesday against our expectations. This in mind, we are actively considering and are likely to attempt to amend SB 873 onto this legislation.
HB 1442 has been amended onto HB 2257, which has been placed on the Informal Calendar in the Senate. We are actively working to identify and work around some issues that have been brought up regarding the wording and enforcement of this legislation.
Whether or not this legislation passes is very much contingent upon what the Senate decides to prioritize in the coming weeks, and whether or not contention discussions regarding voter identification laws leads to a breakdown of productivity.
Bills: HB 1442, HB 2257, SB 873, SB 997
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