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Missouri lawmakers must compromise to pass MOHELA bill

May 4, 2006
By: Hillari Duthoo
State Capital Bureau

It's the eleventh hour for Missouri's General Assembly.

They have to make a decision on MOHELA money in the next 24 hours.

Reporter Hillari Duthoo has the story from Jefferson City.

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As the legislative session winds down in Missouri's capitol, lawmakers are coming to a compromise in order to get bills passed.

One of the top priorities in both chambers is the MOHELA bill, more specifically, what to do with revenue gained from the sale of the state higher education loan authority.

House Republican Allen Icet says while the two bodies were able to compromise on how to split up money allocated to Missouri universities, there still may be some disagreement when the House debates it for the last time.

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"A lot of people out there have four-year institutions or community colleges. In some cases some members would like this debt to be zero, some of our own memebers would like the healthcare to be zero, so it's one of those balancing acts, do I like it enough to vote for it or not."

Friday at 6:00 pm is the constitutional deadline for the legislature to make decisions on the budget.

From the state Capitol, I'm Hillari Duthoo.