Jeff Farnan, a state representative, is about to begin his second term in the Missouri House.
Farnan was present as the 2024 Missouri Legislative Session was called to start on Wednesday, along with other lawmakers from KMAland. According to Farnan, the commencement of the current session differs greatly from that of the 2023 session, as he tells the sources.
“I entered completely blind last year,” Farnan remarked. “I had no knowledge of anything, including the procedure. I had no idea what to expect from my day. I felt so much better this year about the way things are done and the entire process. We’ve already got things going on the floor. Thus, it’s quite different from the previous year.”
Farnan said that this session, he is concentrating on particular bills. A teacher in his district has proposed a provision that would reduce the age at which students must attend school from seven to six. There is currently no law in Missouri requiring kindergarten attendance.
“This teacher had a student who started at the age of 7–which is when they’re legally required to start school,” stated Farnan. The youngster did not attend kindergarten or preschool, thus they began in the first grade. This child was therefore essentially two years behind. In order to ensure that no youngster is left behind, I’m going to work on a measure to reduce the age at which a pupil must enter school from 7 to 6.
Furthermore, Farnan declares that he would attempt to sponsor a bill once more with the goal of releasing space at childcare facilities by doing away with the requirement that caregivers include their own children or grandkids in their “daycare count.” Despite the Missouri House passing the bill, the Missouri Senate did not act on it prior to its adjournment last year.
“We had a provision in there that would allow for a daycare provider to keep a couple extra children if they were related to the provider–like their own child or a grandchild,” Farnan said. “The issue with the measure was that, although it passed, I believe we permitted the provider to maintain an excessive number of extra children.
We shall so permit the daycare provider to retain one of their own children and one of their grandchildren this year.”
Farnan anticipates that politicians will alter the rules governing the placement of referendums on election ballots.