MOHELA Funding Stalled Again

1 decade 1 year 9 months ago Thursday, February 08 2007 Feb 8, 2007 Thursday, February 08, 2007 10:00:21 PM CST February 08, 2007 in News
But some Republicans also want to be sure new research centers don't harbor human cloning.

"If the stem cell debate is problematic, then why not just remove it from the process," said Nodler.

Some Democrats also say they support the buildings.

"These are the type of buildings that can grow our economy and grow our jobs," said Sen. Chuck Graham of Columbia (D).

But Democrats also say they won't take buildings that come with research restrictions. 

"You can't do cutting edge research in a facility that's restricted," said Graham.

The University of Missouri doesn't want restrictions either, but it will take what it can get.

"We need these buildings," said Scott Charton of the University of Missouri. "We will abide by those restrictions because much great research can happen there that isn't related to stem cells."

Now it's up to Senate to decide whether to put those buildings back in the bill or not. Tuesday night, the committee voted $113 million of projects off the bill, including an $85 million research facility, The MU Health Science Research and Education Center.

On the heels of Tuesday's Senate action, the MU Faculty Council met Wednesday to talk about the MOHELA funding bill. The members were concerned about future building projects as well as current research already on the MU campus. The faculty council passed a resolution saying any change in state law must still allow the university academy freedom.

A faculty council member told KOMU the group is adopting a "wait and see" stance before deciding how hard they want to fight the battle to protect academic freedom.

The Missouri Student Association plans to pass its own resolution addressing similar concerns. The resolution goes as follows: "Be it resolved by the faculty council that any changes to MU higher education must preserve the historic constitutional status of the University of Missouri and lawful academic freedom."

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