5/20/13 Lawmakers approve Extension districting proposal
Language to allow MU Extension to form single- or multi-county districts to streamline programming was incorporated into three different bills that passed during the final days of the legislative session. The proposal also gives districts the option of placing property tax questions on the local ballot to support local programming.
The original legislation was filed by Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) and Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho). In the end, the language was passed as part of three different omnibus agriculture bills: Senate Bill 9, sponsored by Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg), Senate Bill 342, sponsored by Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar), and House Bill 542, sponsored by Rep. Warren Love (R-Osceola).
The bills that contain this proposal, which originated through the MU State Extension Council, now go to the Governor for his signature.
From left: Tony DeLong, County Council Coordinator for MU Extension, Dianne Drainer, MU Legislative Liaison, Sen. David Pearce (R-Warrensburg), and Wally Pfeffer, Chair of the MU Legislative Network, celebrate passage of Extension legislation during the final week of the legislative session.
Wolfe urges legislators to invest in the university during annual Legislative Day
Rep. Randy Pike (R-Adrian) discovers some of the online decision and data support tools available through MU Extension during an April 15 workshop at the Capitol. Mary Simon Leuci, MU Extension Community Development program director, assists. The workshop is one of a series of similar workshops that have been held for legislators and their staff in Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Columbia and Jefferson City. Resources showcased include those of the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, Community Issues Management and Third-class Counties Budget Trend Analysis.
“It’s a crucial time to invest in the University of Missouri,” said UM President Tim Wolfe as he addressed approximately 400 people during the 39th annual University of Missouri Alumni Alliance Legislative Day on April 3 at the State Capitol in Jefferson City. Wolfe said that there is an “indelible link between our university and Missouri’s economy.”
Wolfe urged extension faculty, staff and council members to talk with legislators about extension’s work and the importance of HB 202 and SB9, which would authorize extension councils to form districts made up of cooperating counties to fund extension programming.
The event, sponsored by the UM Alumni Alliance and MU Extension, is held to thank legislators for their support of the University and MU Extension and to share examples of how extension improves the quality of life, creates jobs and contributes to Missouri communities. Legislators had an opportunity to visit display booths that showed many of the university and extension’s activities.
During an in-service education session, 103 attendees learned about the value of creating extension county business plans as a tool for building community support. The Extension State Council also held a meeting for all council members, in conjunction with the event.
The Alliance of Alumni Associations and Extension is made up of 40 members from the four University of Missouri campuses and extension. The Board of Curators created the group to foster cooperation and communication among the system campuses and to help the university speak with one voice when delivering messages to legislators, community leaders and the public. Extension was added to the Alliance in 1994.