Michigan governor to sign anti-bullying measure - WNEM TV 5

Michigan governor to sign anti-bullying measure

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Snyder says he plans to sign legislation giving schools six months to put anti-bullying policies into place.

The event is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Michigan recently ended up in the national spotlight after GOP senators passed an anti-bullying bill that included a clause saying the legislation didn't "prohibit a statement of a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction."

Democrats say the exceptions would have made it even easier to bully.

The House and Senate last week passed a version without that language.

Michigan is 1 of only a few states without a state law requiring anti-bullying policies in schools. Efforts to pass a law fizzled for years until Snyder this spring urged lawmakers to get an anti-bullying law on the books.

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