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Missouri Senator Cunningham Doesn’t Care About Kids

State Senator Jane Cunningham wants to weaken the child labor law in Missouri. Why? Well according to her; current restrictions are “implying that the government can make a better decision than a parent."

Current Missouri law bars regular employment of children younger than 14 -- except in specific professions such as acting -- and imposes strict restrictions on employed children age 14 and 15, including the hours they are allowed to work. Children age 14 and 15 must obtain signed permits from the school they attend.

Cunningham said that she believes it's improper to saddle schools with the responsibility of deciding whether a child younger than 16 should be allowed to work. She also says that many parents and their children already are violating the state's current labor laws, which she says are "so over the top'' and prevent parents from "teaching a work ethic to their children."

Here is the bill’s official summary:

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