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New State Laws Take Effect Today

Missouri Senate

Today is the day that most of the new state laws passed this year in Missouri take effect.  

Those new laws include one that would allow tenured teachers in St. Louis to be fired for incompetence, and sets the time period for firing teachers found to be either incompetent or inefficient at 30 days.  It was sponsored by Democratic Senator JamilahNasheed of St. Louis.

“This bill puts St. Louis more in line with the rest of the 521 (public school) districts when it comes to getting rid of bad teachers,“ Nasheed said.

Another law creates new tax credits designed to lure amateur sporting events to the Show-Me State, such as NCAA Tournament basketball games and Olympic trials. It was sponsored by Republican Senator Eric Schmitt of St. Louis County.

“It’s an opportunity for us as a state to move forward and attract these really important events that can generate a lot of revenue, not just for the state, but for those businesses, those restaurants, those bars, the hotels, that support these major events, and I think it’ll be great,” Schmitt said.

Other new laws prevent pharmacies from being forced to carry any specific drug or device against their will, and requires doctors to be present whenever abortion inducing drugs are administered to a woman.

Another new law taking effect today will replace conceal carry endorsements with conceal carry permits, and transfer their oversight from the Department of Revenue to local Sheriff’s offices.  

There is also a new law that will exempt some farm chores by kids under 16 from child labor rules, and another that will create treatment courts for military veterans.  

Meanwhile, the new workers’ compensation law that’s designed to replenish the state’s Second Injury Fund won’t take effect until January.

St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a native of Mississippi and proud alumnus of Ole Miss (welcome to the SEC, Mizzou!). He has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off an old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Liberty Belle, and their cat, Honey.