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2019 House Bill 4206: Allow schools to not make up lost "polar vortex" school days

Public Act 11 of 2019

Introduced by Rep. Ben Frederick (R) on February 19, 2019
To establish that public schools that used up the six "snow days" the state allows without penalty and without having to tack-on additional days to the end of the school year, also do not need to make up the class days that were canceled during the extreme cold weather of January 29 to February 2, 2019. Specifically, the bill exempts from the lost-days make-up requirement an additional three day period "for which the governor has issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency".   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Education Committee on February 19, 2019
Reported in the House on March 12, 2019
Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted.
Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on March 12, 2019
Reported in the House on April 10, 2019
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Brandt Iden (R) on April 17, 2019
To require school districts to compensate hourly workers for the pay they lost due to no school on the three "polar vortex" days.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 17, 2019
Passed 101 to 7 in the House on April 17, 2019.
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To establish that public schools do not have to make up the three class days that were canceled during the extreme cold weather of January 29 to February 2, 2019. Under current law, schools are allowed to miss six "snow days" without a financial penalty and without having to make-up the lost days at the end of the school year. Specifically, the bill lets schools that used-up their six snow days avoid penalties for missing an additional three day period "for which the governor has issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency." Districts that missed up to 14 days but made up the lost hours on other school days would also avoid penalties. Also, to require school districts to compensate hourly workers for the pay they lost due to no school on those three days.
Received in the Senate on April 18, 2019
Referred to the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee on April 18, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D) on April 30, 2019
To require school districts to compensate hourly workers for the pay they lost due to no school on the three "polar vortex" days.
The amendment failed 16 to 22 in the Senate on April 30, 2019.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on April 30, 2019
To require districts to determine the manner of compensation for hourly workers who lost hours due to lost snow days.
The amendment failed 17 to 21 in the Senate on April 30, 2019.
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Substitute offered in the Senate on April 30, 2019
To adopt a version of the bill that does not include the House-passed provision requiring school districts to reimburse hourly employees, not just salaried employees, for missed school days.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 30, 2019
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 30, 2019.
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To establish that public schools do not have to make up the four class days that were canceled during the extreme cold weather of January 29 to February 2, 2019. Under current law, schools are allowed to miss six "snow days" without a financial penalty and without having to make-up the lost days at the end of the school year. Specifically, the bill lets schools that used-up their six snow days avoid penalties for missing an additional three day period "for which the governor has issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency." Note: Due to a dispute over districts paying hourly workers for lost days, the Senate did not summon a the required supermajority to give the bill immediate effect, meaning it will not go into effect until the following school year.
Motion in the Senate on April 30, 2019
To give the bill immediate effect, without which it will not become law in time to affect the current school year issues it was intended to address. Democrats withheld support for immediate effect to protest the Senate's deletion of a requirement that school districts reimburse hourly employees, not just salaried employees, for missed school days.
The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 30, 2019
Received in the House on April 30, 2019
Substitute offered by Rep. Christine Greig (D) on May 1, 2019
The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on May 1, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Ben Frederick (R) on May 1, 2019
To require school districts to ask the state superintendent of public instruction for permission to use the extra 2018-19 snow days the bill would authorize.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 1, 2019
Passed 56 to 53 in the House on May 1, 2019.
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To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill, as amended by the House. Because the Senate failed to meet the three-fifths supermajority needed to give the bill immediate effect, even if signed by the governor it will not go into effect in time to affect the 2018-2019 school year.
Received in the Senate on May 2, 2019
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 2, 2019.
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To concur with a House-passed amendment to the Senate-passed version of the bill, and in a separate voice vote, give the bill immediate effect, meaning the bill will apply to the 2018-19 'polar vortex' missed school days it was introduced to address.
Signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on May 10, 2019

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