Bills to ban mask and vaccine mandates in K-12 schools push ahead in Michigan Senate

Parents spoke out at an emotional committee hearing in Lansing on Tuesday

(WWJ) A state legislative committee has advanced a package of bills that would ban face mask mandates, as well as COVID-19 testing and vaccine requirements in all K-12 schools in Michigan.

Emotions ran high as members of the Senate Education and Career Readiness heard from about a dozen parents in support of the bills on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 600 would prohibit schools from requiring a COVID-19 vaccine to attend classes, ride a school bus, attend any school-sponsored event, attend a school board meeting or participate in extracurricular activities. The bill also prohibits schools from discriminating between vaccinated and unvaccinated students.

Senate Bill 601 would prohibit schools from requiring a face covering for students to attend school, from COVID-19 testing asymptomatic students or from discriminating between tested and untested students.

Senate Bill 602 would prohibit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and local health officials from instituting any rule that requires a COVID-19 vaccine, face covering or take a COVID-19 test when asymptomatic to participate in any school activity.