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MNEA Legislative Update July 14, 2015
By Otto Fajen MNEA Legislative Director
GOVERNOR SIGNS BILLS ON FINAL DAY FOR ACTION
Governor Nixon signed a number of bills on July 14, 2015, the final day for such action on bills enacted in the 2015 Regular Session. Under the Missouri Constitution, the Governor must sign or veto any bill enacted within the final fifteen calendar days of session no later than 45 days after the official end of the regular session on May 30. Thus, the deadline for action is July 14. Any bill not signed or vetoed by that date will go into effect as if signed by the Governor.
ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Governor Nixon signed CCR#2 on SB 104 (Kraus) on July 14. The original bill pertained to actions challenging initiatives and referendums. A House amendment revised the process for determining the governing board of St. Louis Community College and adds an appointed member to the board. The Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) will select the appointed member to the board of St. Louis Community College. The Association opposed the bill and believes this last-minute change regarding SLCC was improperly enacted without a proper hearing, is unfair to the institution and its students and will undermine public accountability of the board to the district by adding an unelected member appointed by a state entity.
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS (SPRINGFIELD AND ST. JOSEPH)
The Governor’s approval of SB 104 also repeals a provision enacted in HB 63 (Dugger) relating to school board elections. The House and Senate overrode the Governor’s veto of SS/SCS/HB 63 (Dugger) on April 8. HB 63 included several provisions pertaining to school boards and provided that no person may be elected to the school board of a district if that person has served as superintendent of that district. This provision was repealed when Nixon signed SB 104 into law.
HARRIS-STOWE STATE UNIVERSITY
Governor Nixon signed SB 334 (Nasheed) on July 14. The bill broadens the degree-granting authority of Harris-Stowe State University (HHSU). The Association supports the expanded degree option for HSSU. The also expands the service territory of Northwest Missouri State University.
HUMAN SEXUALITY INSTRUCTION
The Governor also signed HB 501 (Montecillo). HB 501 requires course materials relating to sexual education to contain information regarding sexual predators, online predators, and the consequences of inappropriate text messaging. The Association supports the bill.