BREAKING NEWS from State Capital: Nixon vetoes school transportation bill

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By Eli Yokley

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have allowed students in a few rural school districts to transfer to a school district closer to their homes.

The bill would have allowed students who live at least 17 driving miles from their current school, to be able to transfer to a school outside of their current district that is at least seven miles closer. In a statement, Nixon said the bill violated the Hancock amendment by creating an unfunded mandate.

The bill, Nixon said, “would deviate from this statewide approach by establishing a substantially different standard for transportation hardship requests submitted on behalf of pupils from three communities specifically described in the legislation,”” Gov. Nixon wrote in his veto message. “This bill violates the Hancock Amendment by imposing an unfunded mandate on resident school districts affected by this new standard.”

The bill affected students in the St. Elizabeth, St. Albans and Gravois Mills school districts.