The controversial bill is now the House Chamber's debate to handle
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The controversial bill is now the House Chamber's debate to handle

Date: April 25, 2007
By: Fanna Haile-Selassie
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 389

Intro: MoHELA bill passes the Senate Chamber. Fanna (FAUNA) Haile-Selassie (HIGH-lay-sah-LAH-say) heard the arguments RunTime:
OutCue: SOC

With a vote of twenty-three to eleven, the Senate voted to pass the MoHELA bill on to the House.

Several senators voiced opposition to the bill in a last minute effort to sway their colleagues to vote no.

Saint Louis democratic senator Rita Days was part of the opposition.

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Description: I don't think there's any other way to say it, but it's pork at its best.  We should be ashamed that we are jeopardizing future students who want to go to college by this bill.


There were thirty-three rejected versions of the MoHELA bill before passing this one.

From the state Capitol, Fanna Haile-Selassie, KMOX News


Intro: The Senate passed the MoHELA bill. Fanna (FAUNA) Haile-Selassie (HIGH-lay-sah-LAH-say) was in the chamber for the vote. RunTime:
OutCue: SOC

After many debates to get an acceptable MoHELA bill, it's now moving up.

The Senate passed the bill with a twenty-three to eleven vote.

Several senators, including the bill's sponsor, Gary Nodler, say this bill will be great for higher education.

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Description: It represents a commitment by this general assembly to the future of higher education.  To say that we want the system to be equipped for the rest of the twenty-first century; to be a world-class system.

Before passing MoHELA, the Senate went through thirty-three different versions of the bill.

From the state Capitol, Fanna Haile-Selassie, KMOX NEWS