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2007 Senate Bill 747: Revise school excused absence policy for children of military

Public Act 141 of 2008

Introduced by Sen. Valde Garcia (R) on September 6, 2007
To require public schools to consider it an excused absence if a pupil is absent from school for up to one full school day because his or her parent or legal guardian is a service member being deployed on or returning from active duty. Excusing additional absences would be up to each school.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Senior Citizens and Veterans Affairs Committee on September 6, 2007
Reported in the Senate on October 11, 2007
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Received in the House on October 17, 2007
Referred to the House Military And Veterans Affairs And Homeland Security Committee on October 17, 2007
Reported in the House on December 5, 2007
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. John Espinoza (D) on May 13, 2008
To allow two days of excused absence if the parent's deployment is more than 300 miles away.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 13, 2008
Amendment offered by Rep. Terry Brown (D) on May 13, 2008
To also allow excused absenses in the case that a sibling is being deployed.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 13, 2008
To require public schools to consider it an excused absence if a pupil is absent from school for one or two school days because his or her parent, legal guardian or sibling is a service member being deployed on or returning from active duty. Excusing additional absences would be up to each school.
Received in the Senate on May 20, 2008
To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on May 28, 2008

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