A proposal to raise Missouri's fines for seat belt violations could have a better chance in the Senate this year.
Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Mike Kehoe said Wednesday that he wants to advance the bill to the full Senate for debate. The legislation by Sen. Joe Keaveny has died each of the past three years in the transportation committee.
The Democratic senator from St. Louis is proposing to increase the fine from $10 to $50 for people caught not wearing seat belts in vehicles.
This will be the fourth time Democrat Joseph Keaveny has sponsored legislation to raise Missouri’s seat belt fine from $10 to $50. Opponents have either voted it down in committee or never brought it up for a vote each time. Keaveny says this time his message will focus more on the lack of seat belt use by teenagers.
“In Missouri we average about 77 percent, (and the) teenage buckle-up rate is about 66 percent," Keaveny said. "The majority of people aren’t killed as a direct result of the collision, but they’re being ejected from the car.”
Mo. lawmakers to consider changes to school funding formula
Legislative leaders say addressing Missouri's school funding formula is one of their top priorities for the annual session that starts Wednesday.
Because of tight budgets there has not been enough money in recent years to fully fund the education formula. That has prompted concern that the distribution of the money could benefit certain districts at the expense of others.
Mo. Senate to consider new measure repealing teacher social media restrictions
A Mo. Senate committee has endorsed a measure to repeal a contentious new law restricting teachers' interaction with students over websites such as Facebook. The Senate Education Committee voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to repeal the law.
The action comes after a Mo. judge issued an order in September blocking the new law from taking effect, citing concerns that it could violate free speech rights.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed two traffic safety measures Monday. Quinn said in a press release that the new laws are “common sense measures that will help all motorists in Illinois arrive at their destinations safely.”