LANSING, Mich. -
A governor who remembers being bullied from elementary school through college for being a “nerd” has made Michigan the 48th state to have an anti-bullying law on the books.
Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Tuesday giving schools six months to put anti-bullying policies into place. He called it “long overdue.”
Michigan landed in the national spotlight recently 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.
Efforts to pass a law fizzled for years until Snyder this spring urged lawmakers to get an anti-bullying law on the books..