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Senate passes first of two bills dealing with MOHELA

April 27, 2006
By: Hillari Duthoo
State Capital Bureau

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The Missouri Senate voted Thursday to combine all existing state scholarships into one program.

Hillari Duthoo (DOO-thoh) has more from the state Capitol.

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The Missouri Senate voted to pass a bill that would combine existing scholarship programs with a new one, called Access Missouri.

Senator Matt Bartle of Lee's Summit was one of four who voted against it and argued that this move would take money away from other programs.

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"We have to make decisions not to fund certain programs now to avoid the challenges that are coming down the tracks in the very near future."

The bill is expected to head to a conference committee where 5 Senate and 5 House members will discuss a compromise.

From Jefferson City, I'm Hillari Duthoo.

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Missouri's Senate is attempting to make scholarship application a little easier.

Reporter Hillari Duthoo (DOO-thoh) has more from Jefferson City.

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In a 27-4 decision the Senate voted to pass a bill that would combine existing state scholarships into one program.

The bill also stripped an earlier House version of caps imposed on state scholarship contributions to universities.

But without the Senate passage a bill on the allocation of money from the MOHELA transaction, the House Speaker threatens to kill the whole plan.

Representative Carl Bearden says there must be both a student and a capital building component.

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"They are joined at the heart. We have a student component and we have a capital component basically for the institutions and without those--one can't survive without the other."

Senate Majority Leader Charlie Shields says the senate plans to debate the bill's sister, 1022, next week.

From the state Capitol, I'm Hillari Duthoo.