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09 February 2012

Lampe: Encouraged By Partial Restoration of Higher Ed Funds

To say I'm encouraged would be an understatement. Governor Nixon gave Missourians great news for higher education this week. The Governor's budget recommendation has been amended to put $40 million back into the General Revenue fund for Missouri's public colleges and universities. The money being added to the General Revenue is a result of a proposed settlement awarding Missouri more than $140 million due to unlawful mortgage bank practices that led to the housing crisis. However, the cuts to higher education is still over 7% which will surely result in a loss of jobs and a reduction of service.

Governor Nixon met with Missouri colleges and universities on Thursday to inform them on the amendment of the recommended budget. Governor Nixon would like to see the money put back into scholarship programs for higher education including A+, Bright Flight, and Access Missouri. As ranking member of the House Budget Committee, I assure you I am looking under every rock to find revenue.

Elementary and Secondary Education Committee

The Elementary and Secondary Education Committee heard testimony on three bills this week: House Bill 1157, Teacher Contract Renewals, House Bill 1387, Public School Calendar and House Bill 1228, Charter Schools.

The Charter Schools Bill was voted upon on Wednesday and passed out of committee by a vote of 17-6. If you would like to learn more about HB 1228, click here.

On the Floor this Week

It was a passionate and emotional week of debate on the Floor. House Bill 1219, Discriminatory Employment Practices, was passed by the House on Thursday. This legislation changes the laws regarding unlawful discriminatory employment practices under the Missouri Human Rights Law. You can read more about this bill and its involvement in the house and senate here.

The other bill debated, House Bill 1104, Voter Identification Requirements, would require voters to produce government-issued photo identification at their polling place in order to cast a regular ballot. The House also passed this legislation on Thursday. Click here for more information on this legislation.

Former Student Spotlight

Emma Wilson attends Missouri State University, where she studies history and geography. She is featured on KSMU, Ozarks Public Radio, as a part of the "Sense of Place" series.

Emma recently had a story about the Ava Drug soda fountain. Click here if you would like to read Emma's latest work with KSMU.

Emma is also a park ranger at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield.

Jeff City Journal Interview

It was an honor to have the opportunity to talk to Missy Shelton of the Jeff City Journal. Budget Chairman Representative Silvey and I discussed the state budget shortfall. The conversation focused on higher education funding and tax credits. These are very important issues to both Chairman Silvey and myself. Click here if you would like to view the entire interview.

Women's Legislator Scholarship

Women Legislators of Missouri will sponsor a scholarship award for graduating high school senior women in our state. We will be awarding nine $500 scholarships to young women graduating in 2012. One recipient will be chosen from each of the nine Missouri U. S. Congressional Districts.

The applications must be received by noon, April 20, 2012. The application will focus on leadership and community service of the student. Another component of the application is a 500 word essay answering the question, "If you were elected Governor of the great state of Missouri, what would you hope to accomplish and why?" More information on this scholarship can be found here. The application for this scholarship can be found here. Please consider applying for the Women's Legislator scholarship and please pass this news on to anyone who may be interested.

We had great groups of folks visit this week. I hope you find your face in our photos. Thank you for making the trip to Jefferson City to advocate for issues about which you are passionate.

Representative Lampe met with Green County Librarians to discuss current legislation.

Ann Lewis (center) and fellow Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists visit Representative Lampe to discuss legislation that impacts their association.

Members of the MS Society met with Representative Lampe to share their advocacy plans and hopes for future legislation

Representative Lampe met with constituents and professionals that were at the capitol advocating on behalf of the Missouri Arts.

Representative Lampe met with members of the Circuit Clerk Association of Missouri.

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