'Facebook Fix' bill sent for governor's approval

With only two “no” votes, the Missouri House on Friday sent Gov. Jay Nixon the so-called “Facebook Fix” to a bill lawmakers passed last May, aimed at preventing inappropriate contact between students and public school employees.

Nixon told reporters he’ll “put that (new bill) through the normal bill review process,” even though his special session call to lawmakers asked them to “repeal” the controversial “social media” language in the original bill, not rewrite it.

“Included within that process will be to ... interact with some local school boards, and individual teachers, to see what their thoughts are on that,” the governor said. “Clearly, this is something that, the first time it came through, I don’t think that everybody understood fully the challenges that it might present, to limit communication in that fashion between teachers and their students.”

The bill lawmakers passed last May included a section restricting teachers’ abilities to communicate with students over the Internet’s social media sites, like Facebook, if the sites allow for private communications that a third party — like parents or school administrators — can’t monitor.

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