Education committee backs repeal of Missouri's latest social network law

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 | 3:43 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a measure to repeal a contentious new law restricting teachers' interactions with students over websites like Facebook.

The Senate Education Committee voted Wednesday to replace the law with one simply requiring school districts to adopt policies on electronic communications between students and employees.

The education committee's action comes after a Missouri judge issued an order last month blocking the law from taking effect. The judge cited concerns that it could violate free speech rights.

After the court's ruling, Gov. Jay Nixon asked lawmakers to repeal the law during a special legislative session that began this week.

The legislation, which the education committee overwhelmingly endorsed Wednesday, goes beyond Nixon's proclamation by also addressing district policies. The bill now goes to the full Senate.

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