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2013 House Bill 4713: Revise school emergency drill mandate

Public Act 12 of 2014

  1. Introduced by Rep. Joseph Graves (R) on May 9, 2013, to revise the number and scheduling of required school safety drills, and establish reporting requirements, so that 10 drills would be required each year: five fire drills; two tornado drills; and three school "lockdown" drills. This would mean one fewer fire drill and one additional lockdown drill. Also, schools would have to post documentation of completed school safety drills on their websites within five business days.
    • Referred to the House Education Committee on May 9, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on October 23, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on October 29, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on October 29, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. David Knezek (D) on October 29, 2013, to replace the mandate that schools provide county emergency services coordinators with a list of their drill days with a requirement that schools "adopt a policy" on required drills and "collaborate" with the county coordinator. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on October 29, 2013.
  2. Passed 82 to 26 in the House on October 30, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on October 31, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Education Committee on October 31, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on November 14, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on January 30, 2014. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on January 30, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. David Robertson (R) on February 5, 2014, to exempt schools from sanctions if they don't hold a scheduled drill for reasons beyond their control. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 5, 2014.
  4. Passed 34 to 0 in the Senate on February 5, 2014, to revise the number and scheduling of required school safety drills, and establish reporting requirements, so that 8 drills would be required each year: five fire drills; and three school "lockdown" drills. This would mean one fewer fire drill and one additional lockdown drill. Also, schools would have to post documentation of completed school safety drills on their websites within 30 days.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on February 5, 2014.
  6. Passed 81 to 27 in the House on February 5, 2014, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on February 25, 2014.

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