Missouri’s House sends governor the Facebook fix

Missouri’s House this week approved and sent the governor a measure to assure that school districts can allow their staff and teachers to communicate with students through social media like Facebook.

The bill amends a law passed by the regular session of the legislature earlier this year that critics charged banned social media communication.

A state court has enjoyed enforcement of that provision.

The revision approved by the legislature requires that school districts adopt policies for using social media.

The legislative measure exceeds the governor’s special session call that limited lawmakers to simply repealing the provision. The state constitution restricts special sessions from going beyond the specific recommendations of the governor.

The governor’s office repeatedly has said Jay Nixon did not plan to expand his call on the issue.

The Facebook fix is the first, and likely the only bill to be passed by a special session that began Sept. 6.

– Missouri Digital News