03/06/19 -- HCS HBs 161 and 401 -- Prohibits starting school before 14 days prior to the 1st Mon in Sept
HCS HBs 161 & 401, introduced by Representative Jeff Knight (Republican - District 129) prohibits local school districts from setting an opening date for the school term that is more than 14 calendar days prior to the first Monday in September. This bill was one of the most contentious and polarizing issues we've debated since I've been a State Rep. It's also an issue I have no particular opinion on.
Personally, I really don't care when public schools start their school years. Proponents of this bill indicated that by making sure that school years don't start too early, families will be able to take their kids to the Missouri State Fair without having to pull them out of class. This point was cited by a constituent that contacted me in support of the bill. None of my constituents voiced opposition to the bill, and I do think the motivation for it is reasonable. Since there is no expansion of government, increase of taxes, or violation of individual rights at stake here, I decided that since I didn't have any preference of my own I should just vote on behalf of my constituent that favored the bill. So I voted "yes".
It did pass, though not by a wide margin.