The two state Senators who represent the bulk of St. Louis city are continuing to express concerns about a proposed state legislative district map that splits the city into a northern and southern half.
The city is currently divided along a line that travels roughly along Grand Avenue. That, says Democratic state Senator Robin Wright-Jones, makes both the districts very diverse.
The proposed map, she says, resets 40 years of battling racial divisions.
The state Board of Education has denied a school district transfer for a southwest Missouri family in a case that some officials claimed could have encouraged parents statewide to try to switch districts.
State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro had said a kindergarten pupil should be shifted from the Blue Eye to the Shell Knob district because of a transportation hardship. Nicastro said Table Rock Lake posed a natural barrier resulting in a long bus ride that was a hardship.
Among the more than 150 bills sent to Governor Jay Nixon this year is one designed to keep teachers who engage in sexual misconduct with students from jumping to another school district.
The sponsor, GOP Senator Jane Cunningham of Chesterfield, says the practice is called “passing the trash:”
“Teachers and educators and principals and superintendents are moving from one district to another because districts are signing confidentiality agreements with them, and oftentimes even giving them a severance package to keep everybody quiet,” Cunningham said.
With Missouri Congressman Todd Akin (R) tossing his hat in the ring for next year’s U.S. Senate race, one of his potential successors is keeping mum about whether she’ll join the growing field vying to replace him.
Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) currently represents part of St. Louis County in the Missouri Senate, and has made no secret of her interest in running for Congress.
(l-r) State Senator Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville) and State Rep. John Diehl (R, Town and Country) during a redistricting meeting last month. None of the House or Senate redistricting committee members have so far announced any plans to run for Congress.
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This is the map that was eventually passed by the Missouri House and Senate, vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon (D), and then enacted into state law when both chambers overrode the governor's veto.
Now that the dust has settled on a rather contentious 2011 legislative session, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is denying reports that he’s about to call a special session to deal with unresolved issues.
The two most glaring are the Aerotropolis proposal and a major overhaul of the state’s tax credit system, and those bills were just a few examples of the contentious issues that lawmakers had to wrestle with this year.