jeff roorda http://kbia.org en Missouri lawmaker wants to ban retailers from opening on Thanksgiving http://kbia.org/post/missouri-lawmaker-wants-ban-retailers-opening-thanksgiving <p>Many large retailers were open on Thanksgiving Day. Now, one Missouri lawmaker wants to limit that.</p><p><br /><a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2014&amp;district=113">State Representative Jeff Roorda</a> (D, Barnhart) plans to file legislation that would make it illegal for most retail stores in Missouri to be open for business on Thanksgiving. &nbsp;He&nbsp;filed the "<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB37&amp;year=2013&amp;code=R">Thanksgiving Family Protection Act</a>" during the 2013 regular session, but it went nowhere, not even getting a hearing. &nbsp;Roorda says he's trying again, nevertheless.</p><p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:17:48 +0000 Marshall Griffin 44520 at http://kbia.org Missouri lawmaker wants to ban retailers from opening on Thanksgiving Teaching Of Evolution In K-12 Schools Would Be Regulated Under Mo. House Bill http://kbia.org/post/teaching-evolution-k-12-schools-would-be-regulated-under-mo-house-bill State and local-level school officials would be required to develop guidelines for teaching evolution under legislation making its way through the&#160;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</a>.<p>If passed, school districts would have to, “encourage students to explore scientific questions” regarding the “strengths and weaknesses” of both biological and chemical evolution.&#160; The sponsor,&#160;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2013&#38;district=099">State Representative&#160;Andrew Koenig</a> (R, Winchester), says&#160;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB179&#38;year=2013&#38;code=R">House Bill 179</a>&#160;stresses academic freedom.<p>“It does not mandate curriculum to the teacher," Koenig said.&#160; "It’s really up to the school district, and if evolution is gonna be taught, it just allows them to teach the scientific strengths and weaknesses.” Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:39:05 +0000 Marshall Griffin 29319 at http://kbia.org Teaching Of Evolution In K-12 Schools Would Be Regulated Under Mo. House Bill