Thursday, May 19, 2022

Play

U.S. mayors train to fend off increased threats and harassment, the Illinois governor signs a ban on 'Ghost Guns,' and death anxiety could play a role in Vladimir Putin's Ukraine invasion.

Play

The White House asks Congress for more pandemic support, the House passes a domestic terrorism bill, Kansas' Supreme Court upholds a new congressional map, and a House committee hears testimony on abortion access.

Play

From off-Broadway to West Virginia: the stories of the deadly Upper Big Branch mine explosion, baby formula is on its way back to grocery shelves, and federal funds will combat consolidation in meatpacking.

MI House Passes New Version of Controversial Anti-Bullying Law

Play

Friday, November 11, 2011   

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan is one small step closer to getting anti-bullying legislation in place, this time without a controversial clause which caused a lot of uproar the first time round. The measure, known as "Matt's Safe School Law," originally passed through the Senate with religious exemptions. That amendment created a firestorm of controversy in the legislature, with Democrats accusing Republicans of creating a license to bully.

Late Thursday, another version of the bill passed the House, and this time the controversial language was removed.

Dr. Jennifer Martin, action vice president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in Michigan, says there should be no place to permit what she calls a "pass to harass" in Michigan schools. She says the House version is a better bill, but she still wishes the legislature would enact an enumerated anti-bullying law that specifically lists classes of people most often targeted for bullying because of race, creed, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

"No matter what semantic choices Michigan legislators make with this bill, schools are still legally obligated by federal civil rights guidelines to protect students from bullying and harassment, including gay students."

The bill now goes back to the Senate, where it is expected to pass in its revised version.


get more stories like this via email

The Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve along with the Big Bend Seagrasses, St. Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserves and the Pinellas County Aquatic Preserve together protect the largest contiguous seagrass meadow in the Gulf of Mexico and the largest spring-fed seagrass habitat in the world. (Charlie Shoemaker for The Pew Charitable Trusts)

Environment

This afternoon, members of the public will get to have a say on the management plan for the first new aquatic preserve created in Florida in 32 years…


Social Issues

May is Community Action Month, and local agencies helping low-income families hope Congress signs off on a plan to bolster and modernize their …

Environment

After two decades of drought and with no relief in sight, many Utahns are looking for ways to conserve water, and for many residents, part of the …


As many as 80% of the homes lost to wildland fires could have been saved if their owners had followed a few simple fire-safe practices. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and state officials are encouraging Coloradans to get up to speed on prevention and emergency-exit strategies if …

Social Issues

The White House is fielding pitches from top Democratic lawmakers about their desire to dramatically expand student loan forgiveness. While a …

Beyond school counselors, parents and private providers, mental-health advocates urge faith-based and other community groups to provide safe spaces for kids dealing with stress and anxiety. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

As the school year winds down, education leaders are shedding light on increased mental-health demands among students, including thoughts of suicide…

Social Issues

A new report found dishonest employers steal from some 213,000 people in Ohio each year by paying them less than the minimum wage; and it is just one …

Social Issues

Illinois has a new law banning the sale and possession of "ghost guns," essentially untraceable firearms that are sold in kit-form online or at gun sh…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021