Friday, October 21, 2011

Nixon decision on Facebook Law fix set for today

Today is the day Gov. Jay Nixon will make his decision on whether to sign the so-called "fix" to Sen. Jane Cunningham's Facebook Law.

The fix was passed overwhelmingly by the House and Senate during the special session, but goes much further than what Nixon asked for. The governor asked the legislature to repeal the social networking portion of Mrs. Cunningham's SB 54. Instead, Sen. Cunningham, after consulting with representatives of Missouri teacher organizations, offered a bill that requires every Missouri school district to come up with a policy for teacher/student communication by March 1.

That decision, though hailed as putting the policies in the hands of local school boards, with input from teachers, is far more likely to put the decision making in the hands of the unelected Missouri School Boards Association, which writes policy for most of the state's school districts.

Nixon has three options- He can sign the bill, veto it, or allow it to become a law without signing it.

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