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Merger would be decided by state lawmakers

February 11, 2004
By: Matt Johnson
State Capital Bureau

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Officials from the University of Missouri System and Northwest Missouri State University will be discussing a possible merger Friday. If talks conclude, the passing of the merger will be in the hands of state lawmakers to decide. Matt Johnson is at the State Capitol.

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Republican Rep. Brad Lager says he will sponsor a bill to enact the merger once the boards propose it.

He says residents of his Northwest Missouri disrict believe the change is worth considering.

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"We have a very small percentage of people who have said this is a great idea, we have a very small percentage of people who have said it is a terrible idea, but we have a whole bunch of people saying it probably has merit."
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A powerful Republican in the House has expressed strong opposition to the merger.