JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Missouri Governor Jay Nixon took action Monday on the last two bills passed by lawmakers. First, he vetoed Senate Bill 656, which would have allowed the arming of teachers. Then, he signed House Bill 1490, which allows Missouri school districts to implement tougher academic standards.
Nixon also allowed two other bills to become law without his signature.
Senate Bill 656 would have allowed school districts to designate teachers or administrators as “school protection officers,” authorizing them to carry guns in classrooms.
“Arming teachers will not make our schools safer,” Nixon said. “I have supported and will continue to support the use of duly authorized law enforcement officers employed as school resource officers, but I cannot condone putting firearms in the hands of educators who should be focused on teaching our kids.”
House Bill 1490 allows Common Core standards to remain in effect, while teachers and parents develop recommendations for how academic standards can improve.
The two bills that became law without Nixon's signature were Senate Bill 510, which redefines “misconduct” and defines “good cause” for the purposes of disqualification from unemployment benefits, and Senate Bill 741, which authorizes gaming establishments to provide lines of credit.