Michigan House strips exceptions from anti-bullying bill, sends it back to Senate
ANSING, Mich. – The Michigan House of Representative this week passed its own version of the anti-bullying bill, removing the controversial language inserted by Senate Republicans that allowed for exceptions to the law for “a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.”
The bill, HB 4163, passed in the House Bill by a vote of 88-18, and now goes back to the state Senate for consideration.
Michigan lawmakers have faced criticism nationwide since the Senate passed its version of the bill on Nov. 2. The House version is intended as a compromise, although House Democrats said the bill — even though it received bipartisan support — does not go far enough.
The House bill requires all districts have an anti-bullying policy – policies that must be reported to the Michigan Department of Education. The education department would then need to report to the Legislature on the status of the implementation of the policies. But House Democrats said more reporting is needed to determine if the policies are working.