2017 Senate Bill 103

Revise school truancy and chronic absence rules

Introduced in the Senate

Feb. 7, 2017

Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-26)

To prohibit a public school from suspending or expelling a child solely for truancy or chronic absence. Senate Bill 104 would require school officials to attempt to meet with a parent, and authorize legal action if other steps don't work.

Referred to the Committee on Families, Seniors, and Human Services

March 14, 2017

Reported without amendment

With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

May 18, 2017

Amendment offered by Sen. David Knezek (D-5)

To define students to be "in attendance" if they are present for at least half the school day, rather than the 90 percent figure proposed by the bill.

The amendment failed 13 to 24 (details)

Passed in the Senate 28 to 9 (details)

Received in the House

May 18, 2017

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary