Push For Mizzou Domestic Partnership Benefits On Hold

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – A push to offer domestic partner benefits to workers at the University of Missouri-Columbia appears to be on hold because of two vacancies on the nine-member Board of Curators.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports a former Faculty Council chairwoman wants the conservative-leaning board to hold off on the proposal until Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, fills two slots on the governing board.

The vacancies occurred when two Democrats left the board before their terms expire Jan 1. The curators have one more scheduled meeting this year.

Four Republicans and three Democrats now serve on the board, which by law can have no more than five members of the same political party. Nixon faces a November general election against Republican business owner Dave Spence.

Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune