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2011 Senate Bill 637: Require school Pledge of Allegiance recitation

Public Act 320 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on September 13, 2011, to require classes in public schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day. The bill would prohibit compelling a student to recite the pledge.
    • Referred to the Senate Education Committee on September 13, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on November 10, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on November 10, 2011, to adopt a substitute version of the bill that also requires schools to ensure that a student who doesn't say the pledge isn't bullied for it. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 10, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on November 10, 2011, to require that students have an opportunity to say the pledge, but not require them to say it. The amendment failed 11 to 25 in the Senate on November 10, 2011.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  2. Passed 31 to 5 in the Senate on November 10, 2011, to require students in public schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day. However, the bill would prohibit compelling a student to recite the pledge if parents or the student complains, and would require schools to ensure that a student who doesn't say the pledge is not bullied for it. It would also requires flags in each classroom and over each school building.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on November 10, 2011.
    • Referred to the House Education Committee on November 10, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on June 6, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on September 12, 2012, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises various details. This version was superseded by another substitute with more changes. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on September 12, 2012.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on September 12, 2012, to adopt a version of the bill that only has the flag provision, with the pledge provision now in House Bill 4934. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on September 12, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on September 12, 2012, to require the state to reimburse local school districts for the cost of the flags the bill would require. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on September 12, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on September 12, 2012, to require online charter "cyberschools" to display an image of the American flag on every web page. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on September 12, 2012.
  4. Passed 102 to 6 in the House on September 12, 2012, to require there be an American flag in each classroom and over each school building.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on September 13, 2012.
  6. Passed 32 to 6 in the Senate on September 20, 2012, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on October 5, 2012.

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