A State House committee began a hearing Tuesday into a stripped-down version of the workplace discrimination bill.
Governor Jay Nixon (D) vetoed the House version last month, so backers are now pushing a revised bill that will primarily focus on protecting whistleblowers. State Rep. Kevin Elmer (R, Nixa) says language that would redefine workplace discrimination as a motivating factor instead of a contributing one has been removed.
Currently, a teacher has to work in the same school district for five years to earn tenure. The bill sponsored by State Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) would expand that requirement to 10 years.
“As long as the teacher does not own their job, if you will, then they’re going to be really working to prove (themselves) and do a good job," Cunningham said. "It gives us five more years of encouraging and giving motivation to teachers to really produce.”
(l-r) Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R), Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R), and Congressman Todd Akin (R) attend a meeting at the Mo. Capitol to discuss the possibility of another round of military base closings.
Three members of Missouri’s congressional delegation met at the State Capitol Wednesday to voice opposition to another round of base closings.
Although there are no scheduled base closings anywhere in the U.S. right now, the Obama Administration is pushing for another round of discussions that could begin as early as next year. Congressman Todd Akin (R) from the St. Louis area says now’s not the time to close military facilities, especially in Missouri.
Budget hearings have begun in the Missouri Senate, and already there are notable differences with the House in where that chamber wants to make cuts.
While the House budget would give state workers earning less than $70,000 per year a two percent raise, the Senate version would limit those raises to workers making less than $45,000 per year. Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee.