Senate moves to restore UM System cuts, approve review commission

The Missouri Senate began backing away from $7.6 million in House-proposed cuts to University of Missouri System funding Monday, instead moving toward a $1 million decrease and the creation of a review commission to examine items such as university rules and regulations, administrative structure and diversity programs.

The Senate Appropriations Committee didn’t take an official vote on funding measures, but agreed to reduce the cuts and decided to restore $1 million to MU that the House voted to allocate to Lincoln University instead.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 66, sponsored by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, got initial approval from the Senate Monday. The resolution would create an eight-member commission to recommend changes in the wake of last fall’s campus protests.

The panel would be selected by the Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro-tem, both Republicans.

Read more: Columbia Missourian, St. Louis Public Radio

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