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Republican senator sponsors bill to make private donations to University of Missouri public record

March 2, 2004
By: Monica Walter
State Capital Bureau

A Missouri lawmaker says she is hoping to bring a bill to the senate floor by next week, that would make University of Missouri records more open to the public. Monica Walter reports from the state capitol.

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Republican Senator Sarah Steelman is sponsoring a bill that aims to disclose the names of private doners who contribute to chancellor salaries. She says this is an effort to prevent a conflict of interest.

University of Missouri President Elson Floyd has recently increased chancelor salaries and is using private donations to fund the pay hike.

Senator Steelman says this doesn't reflect well on the University of Missouri's image.

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Contents: This shows bad leadership on the part of the UM system.

The bill would also regulate how much the University could charge the public for access to these records. From the state capitol, I'm Monica Walter.

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Date: 03-02-04

By: Monica Walter

State Capital Bureau

A Republican lawmaker is not giving up on her fight to make the University of Missouri more open to the public. Monica Walter reports from the state capitol.

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Missouri Senator Sarah Steelman is sponsoring a bill that would require the University of Missouri to open more of its records to the public. Specifically mentioned in the bill are records concerning private contributions to chancellor salaries.

This bill comes after University of Missouri President Elson Floyd used private donations to fund increases in chancellor salaries.

Steelman says knowing who pays for the chancellor's salaries is important.

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Contents: Steelman says it could create a conflict of interest.

Steelman says she hopes to bring the bill to the senate floor for debate next week. From the state capitol, I'm Monica Walter.

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A State Senator says she is hopefull that a bill to open more University of Missouri records will make it to the senate floor next week. Monica Walter has the story from the state capitol.

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The University of Missouri is using private donations to help pay the salaries of some top administrators. Currently the names of these doners are not public record, but Republican Senator Sarah Steelman is sponsoring a bill to change that. The bill has been stalled in the senate for almost a month, but Steelman says she's not giving up on the idea.

She says taxpayers have the right to know who is funding the salaries of major decision makers in the University of Missouri system.

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Contents: There is no problem in making this a public record.

Steelman says using private donations to raise salaries after cutting numerous University programs shows bad leadership. From the state capitol, I'm Monica Walter.