Nixon Wants Lawmakers to Repeal Portions of Facebook Law

7 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Friday, August 26 2011 Aug 26, 2011 Friday, August 26, 2011 11:49:00 AM CDT August 26, 2011 in News
By: Matt Moreno

JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Nixon announced Friday he will ask the General Assembly to repeal certain parts of Senate Bill 54, also known as the teacher Facebook law. Governor Nixon wants the General Assembly to repeal statute 162.069, sections 1 through 4, which requires schools to enforce it by January 1, 2012.

A Cole County judge issued an injunction early Friday on the bill that would have barred teachers from contacting students privately through social media.

Nixon will address lawmakers September 6 during a special session. He will seek input from parents and teachers.

"In a digital world, we must recognize that social media can be an important tool for teaching and learning," Governor Nixon said in a press release Friday. "At the same time, we must be vigilant about threats posed to students through the Internet and other means."

The bill passed unanimously in both the House of Representatives and the Senate during the legislative session.

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