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Senate panel endorses ‘Facebook fix’

The Missouri Senate’s Education Committee endorsed a bill repealing a new law limiting online conversations between teachers and students, including Facebook.

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But the revised bill still would require public school districts by March 1 to adopt policies on employee-student communication, including “the use of electronic media.”

When asked to comment Wednesday on the committee’s proposed new language, Nixon spokesman Scott Holste just noted it was “outside the governor’s special session call for a repeal of that section.”

Missouri’s Constitution says the governor determines which issues can be covered in a special session.

But the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, told the Education Committee that court rulings say the Constitution means: “The governor has the responsibility to issue the subject matter on which we are to deal, and it is the Legislature that has the responsibility to determine the action that we take.”

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