The State Senate first read the bill on Monday, Feb. 5.

A bill that would eliminate the requirement that a student participating in the state's A+ program attend a high school in Missouri for three years immediately prior to graduation has made its way to the State Senate.

The A+ program allows students to participate in tutoring programs in exchange for college tuition at certain high education institutions.

Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) said his bill would allow non-traditional students — like home-schooled students — to a participate in the program.

The A+ bill was approved by the Missouri House in 2017 and was read in the Senate, where it died at the end of the session.

Hansen's bill easily sailed through three House committees, winning unanimous approval in each. When it came before the full House, an emergency clause was adopted. The House approved the bill by a 150-1 vote.

The State Senate first read the bill on Monday, Feb. 5. The Senate must navigate the bill through committees before it can approve the legislation as a body.

Hansen’s other bill for this session, a full ban on texting and driving in Missouri, has yet to be referred to a House committee.