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House committee hears Senate STEM Fund legislation

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Legislation is still being heard in committees in the last few weeks of the legislative session and STEM education bill was heard in the House this week. Senate Bill 873 was heard by the House Higher Education committee and is sponsored by Sen. David Pearce.

workforcebadgeThe bill, presented to the committee by Rep. Ron Hicks who sponsors a House companion bill, would modify the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fund. If passed, the bill would allow up to $5,000 in tax incentives to an employer that hires a student majoring in a STEM field for an internship that is a minimum of 15 hours per week and lasts for a period of at least 12 weeks.

Jenna Slocum of the Associated Students of the University of Missouri testified in support of the bill.

“As a nuclear engineering student at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, SB 873 not only gives students more opportunities to stay in and contribute to the state, but it gives employers an opportunity to invest in places where STEM education is sparse and lacking,” said Slocum.

“We really want to do everything we can to incentivize getting students inside the STEM workforce, giving them a valuable hands-on experience. This bill helps accomplishes that,” said Ryan Stauffer, director of workforce and education policy for the Missouri Chamber.

The Missouri Chamber will continue to advocate on behalf of preparing a workforce for the future and will be strong supporter of STEM education.

SB 873 was voted do pass out of the committee.

For more questions about education issues, contact Stauffer at rstauffer@mochamber.com or by phone at 573.634.3511.

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