This week, hearings were scheduled for two bills that would impact PSRS/PEERS and community college highway signage.
The Senate Pensions committee heard a bill by Senator Romine that would allow changes in benefit in cases of divorce. The identical House version of the bill was also heard. Both bills are supported by the PSRS/PEERS board, and no opposition or questions were voiced by committee members.
Another bill by Senator Romine, SB 355, was scheduled for a hearing this week. If passed, the bill would mandate that 2-year colleges would qualify for the same road signs as 4-year institutions. Discussion during the hearing on other bills went over the allotted time, so SB 355 was not brought up. It’s expected that it will be discussed at a hearing next week.
Recently, the Missouri Department of Transportation stopped offering larger green road signs to 2-year institutions. Instead, community colleges were only allowed to purchase smaller signs like those displayed for restaurants and gas stations. 4-year universities, however, were allowed to purchase larger stand-alone signs.
MCCA has been working to ensure that MoDOT applies sign regulations fairly to all higher education institutions.