Michigan lawmakers scheduled to discuss snow day forgiveness bill

Michigan lawmakers scheduled to discuss snow day forgiveness bill

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — State lawmakers are expected to discuss a plan Tuesday aimed at helping out Michigan schools that have run out of snow days.

HB 4206 is sponsored by Rep. Ben Frederick, R-Owosso, and was introduced on the House floor on Feb. 19.

The bill would exclude the snow days that are canceled during state-declared emergencies from counting against districts.

If it is approved, the snow days that occurred from Jan. 28 through Feb. 1 during frigid temperatures would be forgiven in Michigan.

Right now, Michigan law forgives K-12 districts from making up six days that have been canceled for emergencies, and schools can get a waiver for three additional days.

The state has granted leniency to school districts before.

Former Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill in 2013 that let schools with too many snow days avoid having to schedule extra days that June.

State lawmakers are set to discuss Rep. Frederick’s bill during a meeting of the House Committee on Education at 9 a.m. in the House Office Building in Lansing.