JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KFVS/AP) - Missouri lawmakers have turned their scrutiny of public universities toward mandatory student fees and services.
A House panel heard testimony on Tuesday on proposals to prohibit universities from requiring students to buy a meal plan or live in campus dormitories.
Some students at Southeast Missouri State University said living on campus and having their meals provided gives them less to worry about.
"It would give students a chance to actually make their own decisions instead of being forced to actually have to pay," said Brian Knowles.
"You don't want them to just come into college and already expecting to pay bills, payments. They just got out of high school and once they come in you want to let that ease off," said Sterling Jones.
Rep. Jason Chipman said his legislation is based off his own college experience, not the recent turmoil at the University of Missouri.
University officials said students can already opt out of those requirements and Chipman's bills could affect campus infrastructure and contracts designed for certain levels of student participation. They also said dorms encourage more campus involvement and better academic performance.
Chipman said those reasons aren't good enough to coerce students into taking on more debt, and they shouldn't have to ask for an exemption to live where they want.