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2011 House Bill 4163: Require school bullying policies

Public Act 241 of 2011

Introduced by Rep. Phil Potvin (R) on February 1, 2011
To require schools to adopt a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying which meets standards specified in the bill, including banning conduct that “motivated by animus or by an actual or perceived characteristic”.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Education Committee on February 1, 2011
Substitute offered by Rep. Phil Potvin (R) on November 10, 2011
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on November 10, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Mark Meadows (D) on November 10, 2011
To require school bullying policies to enumerate specific distinguishing characteristics including sexual orientation in the basis on which bullying is defined.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 10, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Brown (D) on November 10, 2011
To require schools to file annual reports on bullying incidents to the state, and make this information available to the public.
The amendment failed 45 to 61 in the House on November 10, 2011.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on November 10, 2011
To change the definition of bullying to include a communication "that is reasonably perceived to be motivated by animus or by an actual or perceived characteristic".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 10, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Sean McCann (D) on November 10, 2011
To extend school bullying policies and sanctions to electronic communications between students who are not in school.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 10, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Brown (D) on November 10, 2011
To require schools to impose a "zero tolerance" anti-bullying policy.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 10, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Bob Constan (D) on November 10, 2011
To not extend to responsible school officials a waiver of legal liability the bill would grant to those who promptly and in good faith report a bullying incident.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on November 10, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on November 10, 2011
To authorize bullying sanctions for a communication that causes a student "emotional distress" rather than "substantial" emotional distress and interferes with classroom participation or benefit.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 10, 2011
Passed 88 to 18 in the House on November 10, 2011.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To require schools to adopt a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying, but not one enumerating specific characteristics, including gender, race and sexual orientation. This House version does not include the exemption added by the Senate to its bullying bill, Senate Bill 137, for "a statement of a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction".
Received in the Senate on November 29, 2011
Amendment offered by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on November 29, 2011
To require schools to file annual reports on bullying incidents to the state, and make this information available to the public.
The amendment failed 11 to 26 in the Senate on November 29, 2011.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on November 29, 2011
To require school bullying policies to enumerate specific distinguishing characteristics including sexual orientation in the basis on which bullying is defined.
The amendment failed 11 to 26 in the Senate on November 29, 2011.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Bert Johnson (D) on November 29, 2011
To extend school bullying policies and sanctions to electronic and other communications between students who are not in school.
The amendment failed 12 to 25 in the Senate on November 29, 2011.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Passed 35 to 2 in the Senate on November 29, 2011.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To require schools to adopt a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying, but not one enumerating specific characteristics, including gender, race and sexual orientation. The bill does not include an exemption previously added by the Senate to its own bullying bill, Senate Bill 137, for "a statement of a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction." That bill will be allowed to die in the House.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 6, 2011

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