Posted: May 15, 2012 11:22 PM by Scott Malone
Updated: May 15, 2012 11:47 PM
JEFFERSON CITY - The General Laws Committee endorsed three more House bills for debate this week. These endorsements come during the final week of the legislative session.
Senators could be asked to approve new laws during the next three days.
The laws include extending the deadline school districts have to notify their teachers about their reemployment status. The current deadline to notify teachers about their reemployment status is April 15, and the deadline to offer them a contract is May 15. The proposed new deadlines would be May 15 and June 15, respectively.
The second bill would change the laws regarding bullying in schools and establishes specific components that a district must include in its anti-bullying policy. The bill repeals the former provision which required a district's anti-bullying policy to treat students equally, and not contain specific lists of protected classes of students who are to receive special treatment.
The bill also has several requirements that a school district's anti-bullying policy must have, including:
The State Board of Education must have model anti-bullying policies in place before Sept. 1, 2013.
The final bill would change state laws to rubber stamp a governor's administrative changes.
The Senate also unanimously passed a worker's compensation bill Tuesday. The bill protects workers from lawsuits as a result of honest work accidents, and also must be approved by Governor Nixon.