Officials hope to conclude talks between the University of Missouri System and Northwest Missouri State University this week. Matt Johnson tells us how the proposed merger would be in the hands of state legislators.
GOP Leadership in the state house shows strong opposition to the merger.
Republican floor leader Jason Crowell says, if the bill is proposed, he will not support it.
"IT'S MY COMMITMENT TO TALK TO BOTH SIDES AND LOOK AT IT...BUT AT THIS POINT I HAVE NOT BEEN CONVINCED THAT IT IS GOOD PUBLIC POLICY FOR THE STATE."
Legislators in both chambers plan to sponsor the bill once officials from the two schools decide to put the plan before lawmakers. From the state Capitol, I'm Matt Johnson.