HB 1646 Establishes the Missouri Civics Education Initiative
Sponsor: Riddle
LR Number: 4816S.04T Fiscal Notes
Committee: Education
Last Action: 6/22/2016 - Signed by Governor Journal Page: S3708
Title: SCS HCS HBs 1646, 2132 & 1621 Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2016
House Handler: Swan

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SCS/HCS/HBs 1646, 2132, & 1621 - This act adds the subject of American civics to the exam on the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Missouri, American history, and American institutions that a student must pass to graduate from any public or private schools, other than private trade schools. (Section 170.011)

This act also establishes the Missouri Civics Education Initiative, which requires each student entering high school after July 1, 2017, to pass an exam on the provisions and principles of American civics. Such exam shall consist of one hundred questions similar to the questions used by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and may be included in any other exam on the provisions and principles of the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Missouri, American history, and American institutions. (Section 170.345)

These provisions are substantially similar to SCS/SB 638 (2016).

This act also allows a school district to recognize a student's participation in the Constitution Project of the Missouri Supreme Court, as described in the act. (Section 170.350)

This provision is identical to HB 2186 (2016).

JOSHUA NORBERG