Anti-Bullying Bill Awaits Gov. Snyder's Signature
State Senate passes House version after its proposal drew controversy.
An anti-bully bill that originally drew criticism for not going far enough to protect children in Michigan will now go to Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration.
A House version of the proposed law, which requires all school districts to create a policy, passed the state Senate today by a vote of 35-2.
A previous Senate version had drawn criticism because it allowed an exception for bullies who have "a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction." It also didn't clearly protect students who could be bullied because of sexual orientation or gender identity.
"Schools should have a zero tolerance for bullying, and special carve-outs are not necessary and potentially damaging," Ouimet said. "The House bill protects all students, no matter what type of bullying is taking place."
State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said in a statement today that he is pleased the Senate reconsidered its position and passed the bill, without amendment
“The protection of our children from physical and emotional harm is a moral obligation and responsibility of everyone," according to the statement.