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2011 House Bill 4934: Require school Pledge of Allegiance recitation

Public Act 321 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on September 13, 2011, to require classes in public schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day. The bill would prohibit compelling a student to recite the pledge. Also, to require all public schools to have erect a flagstaff in a conspicuous place. An existing law already requires that they "display" the American flag.
    • Referred to the House Education Committee on September 13, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on June 6, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on September 12, 2012. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on September 12, 2012.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on September 12, 2012, to adopt a version of the bill that only has the pledge provision, with the flag provision now in Senate Bill 637. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on September 12, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on September 12, 2012, to require public school districts to notify parents and children each year they have the right to object to saying the pledge of allegiance in class. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on September 12, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on September 12, 2012, to require online charter "cyberschools" to offer students an opportunity to recite the pledge of allegiance each school day. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on September 12, 2012.
  2. Passed 103 to 5 in the House on September 12, 2012, to require classes in public schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day. The bill would prohibit compelling a student to recite the pledge.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on September 13, 2012.
    • Referred to the Senate on September 13, 2012.
  4. Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on September 20, 2012, to require classes in public schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day. The bill would prohibit compelling a student to recite the pledge.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on October 5, 2012.

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