The Missouri General Assembly has wrapped up their first full week of this session. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Senator David Pearce, of the 21st District:
Pearce says the tragedy in Newtown, Conneticut has sparked attention from both sides of the issue. Several questions regarding gun control have been directed to the Senate.
“What is a reasonable response? And what is something that we could do, or what is something that we should not do?” said Pearce, “And, you know, I’m a firm believer in local control, and giving local decision-making to local entities out there. So there’s also that concept as well, is giving tools to local entities to make their own decisions on where guns should or should not be allowed.”
Pearce also began another term as Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. During their first meeting, the committee heard presentations on performance funding for higher education, teacher evaluation, and what the Department of Conservation is doing in public schools.
The Committee has five new members. They are now comprised of seven Republicans and three Democrats. “But, you know, education is not Republican or Democrat. It’s about providing the best education for our young people,” said Pearce.
Governor Nixon discussed his plans to expand pre-school programs, the A-plus program, and to extend the school year at a conference last week. Pearce says he thinks they are good ideas, but expressed concern regarding funding.