End of 2020 Legislative Update
January 13, 2021
At the end of December, the Michigan Legislature concluded its 2019-20 session. Many bills were passed during its post-election session, with some bills affecting how your school will operate. Significant bills that affect public education are:
Work permits. This new law, Public
Act 323 of 2020, makes it easier for students to apply for
work permits by eliminating the requirement that the student applies
in-person. This takes effect on March 24, 2021.
Epi-pen liability. This new law, Public
Act 320 of 2020, limits the liability for any school employee
who in good faith administered an epinephrine auto injector. This
law took effect on December 29, 2020.
Address confidentiality program. A package of new
Acts 301 and following of 2020, create a new address
confidentiality program to be administered by the Department of the
Attorney General to allow individuals who, if the address to be
made confidential were disclosed, would face increased risk of being
threatened or physically harmed by another person or that the
subject was a victim of domestic violence, stalking, human
trafficking, or sexual assault, to designate a different address for
their contact information. Schools would be prohibited from
disclosing a confidential address of a student if the student or
their parents/guardians are part of the program. The main bill in
the package took effect on December 29, 2020, with requirements on
schools first taking effect on June 27, 2021.
Re-employment of retirees. This law, Public
Act 267 of 2020, makes some amendments to the state education
employees’ retirement system, MPSERS, to make it easier for some
retirees to return to service in public schools in critical shortage
areas and as substitute teachers. It took effect on December 29,
- Dental screenings. This law, Public Act 261 of 2020, amends existing hearing and vision screening requirements for students who enroll for the first time in a public school to require the Department of Health and Human Services to create a dental and oral assessment program. This program would first take effect for the 2021-22 school year.
School boards and leaders should consult your board policies service or board attorney, as applicable, about how these changes in state law will affect your school.
The 2021-22 legislative session formally convened on January 11. Governor Gretchen Whitmer will deliver the State of the State address on January 27, with her budget recommendation expected to be delivered a few weeks thereafter. The Charter Schools Office will provide regular updates as needed.