JEFFERSON CITY — Earlier this week, lawmakers marked their calendars to return to the State Capitol for a special session that will begin Tuesday, Sept. 6. Added to the governor’s call regarding a list of bills they will debate during special session is a repeal of a specific provision found in Senate Bill 54, sponsored by Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield.
The measure, which was passed by the General Assembly on May 12 and signed by the governor on July 14, is aimed at preventing the sexual abuse of children in public schools. Senate Bill 54 establishes the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children, and requires Missourians who apply for a teaching certificate to complete a criminal background check. The applicant cannot have been listed under the state sexual offender registry or the state child abuse registry.
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