Mo. bill would ban educators from most political activities Measure’s author says bill could use better wording

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —A Missouri state senator from Lee’s Summit has filed a bill preventing Missouri educators from nearly all political activity, including donating money and working on campaigns.

He said the intent is to stop state resources, including email accounts, from being used in campaigns. But the wording of the bill appears to strip away an educator’s right to get involved in politics in any way except to cast a vote.

«I know that it’s a starting point,» he said. «It’s a bill that we filed. We know that we’re willing to work with both sides of the aisle to get provisions through that are good.»

Kraus later told KMBC’s Micheal Mahoney that the bill’s language is poor.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, when asked if he supported the bill as filed, said he thought the measure could be «more artfully drafted.»

Andrea Flinders, of the Kansas City Teacher’s Union, had stronger words about the plan.

«I think it makes me really angry,» she said. «What it does is silence the voices of the people that work with children. It silences their voice in talking with educators.»

The bill is likely to come up for discussion during the 2014 session of the Missouri Legislature, which starts next month in Jefferson City.

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