Missouri lawmakers pass change to school sex abuse laws

JEFFERSON CITY | The Missouri House has given final approval to legislation that would change how allegations of sexual abuse in schools are handled and prevented.

It would require school districts to inform other districts if a teacher is fired or forced to resign for sexually abusing a student.

The legislation passed the House on Thursday by a vote of 154-0 and now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon. The Senate already approved it.

The measure requires that schools report allegations of child abuse to the state within 24 hours. The state would be required to investigate those reports.

The bill would create a task force aimed at preventing child sex abuse and would bar registered sex offenders from running for school board positions.