Michigan Lawmakers Approve Bill Easing Expulsion, Suspension Laws

Michigan lawmakers are giving final approval to legislation tied to "zero tolerance" expulsion and suspension requirements.

Bills approved overwhelmingly by the House Wednesday afternoon would require schools to consider specific factors before they expel or suspend students.

They include age, disciplinary history and whether his or her actions threatened the safety of others.

Bringing a gun to school would remain an automatic expulsion.

Supporters say minority students are disproportionately affected by expulsion and suspension policies.

Governor Snyder is set to sign it.

Legislators are preparing for a marathon session.

They’ll also be talking about energy bills backed by Snyder and changes to Michigan’s auto insurance system.

Thursday is the last scheduled voting day of the two-year term.