The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation revising a contentious new state law that limits teacher communications with students over the Internet.
The bill given initial approval Monday would repeal a law barring teachers from using websites that give "exclusive access" to students. The provision already had been temporarily blocked by a judge last month because of free-speech concerns.
The Missouri House of Representatives today gave both first-round approval AND passage to several pieces of notable legislation, after suspending its rules to allow for both to take place in the same day:
Local control of the St. Louis Police Department endorsed
The Missouri House has passed legislation that would end the state's oversight of the St. Louis police department.
Two bills have been filed in the Missouri House regarding the use of the state’s so-called Rainy Day fund.
The first would authorize $150 million to be used to match FEMA expenditures on tornado and flood damage across the state. The second bill would set up a joint House-Senate committee to oversee the use of Rainy Day funds for natural disasters.
The Missouri State Senator who sponsored the measure strictly limiting teacher-student contact via Facebook and other social media has filed legislation she says will clear up any confusion over the new law.
The issue was added Tuesday to the call of the special session by Governor Jay Nixon (D), but in his call the governor only stipulated that the language in question be removed, not replaced with new language.
Both Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and Republican legislative leaders estimate it’ll take no more than two weeks to debate and pass bills dealing with a dozen issues, including air cargo tax credits, social media communications between teachers and students, and local control of the St. Louis Police Department.