Sen. Jane Cunningham (R-Chesterfield) has a great idea for getting our economy back on track: eliminate the rules regarding child labor in Missouri. Last week, she sponsored SB222 to drastically weaken Missouri's child labor rules, and the bill has been assigned to her General Laws committee in the Senate. Mike Hall of the AFL-CIO's NOW blog summarizes Crazy Jane's proposal:
[T]here isn’t much that surprises me anymore, let alone shocks me. Well, today, I’m shocked. Missouri State Sen. Jane Cunningham (R) has introduced a bill to minimize child labor laws. I could find all kinds of colorful words and descriptions to show just how crazed and outrageous is S.B. 222.
But let’s just use the official summary of the bill from the Missouri state Senate website and if you don’t believe me, click here and read it yourself.
- This act modifies the child labor laws.
- It eliminates the prohibition on employment of children under age fourteen.
- Restrictions on the number of hours and restrictions on when a child may work during the day are also removed.
- It also repeals the requirement that a child ages fourteen or fifteen obtain a work certificate or work permit in order to be employed.
- Children under sixteen will also be allowed to work in any capacity in a motel, resort or hotel where sleeping accommodations are furnished.
- It also removes the authority of the director of the Division of Labor Standards to inspect employers who employ children and to require them to keep certain records for children they employ.
- It also repeals the presumption that the presence of a child in a workplace is evidence of employment.
This is absolutely insane.
Welcome back to the 18th century, y'all.