Michigan Senate Passes Four Bills Blocking Public Schools From Mandating Student Masks and Vaccines

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LANSING, October 27, 2021 ~ Tuesday, the Michigan Senate approved four bills that would attempt to ban vaccine and mask mandates for students in K-12 schools.

Our children are not His Majesty Joe Biden’s subjects,” said Senator Lana Theis, who sponsored two of the bills. “Neither he nor government bureaucrats and school administrators have the authority or the right to make children’s health care decisions for them — including whether they receive a COVID-19 vaccine or wear a face mask. It is solely up to their parents. Period.”

Just because you disagree with another parent’s decision, you have no right to make that decision for them,” Theis said.

One of the things that I want to make sure that people understand is the difference between where the legislature is, and where the legislature stands with parental rights, and where the governor stands with parental rights,” said Senator Theis to 760 WJR Senior News Analyst Marie Osborne and “The Paul W. Smith ShowGuest Host Sean Baligian. “The legislature is saying that you, as a parent, have the right to make the determination for what is happening with masks and vaccines, and the governor is telling you no, the bureaucrats need to be able to make that decision and I refuse to control the situation.’”

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Three of the bills block mandates at different levels calling for vaccines and masks to be required to attend school or school board meetings. These bills both address a vaccine required under an emergency order, one normally passed by the FDA, or one required under the normal schedule of vaccines for students.

One bill also requires students to have the option for waivers which bypass any individual’s requirement for a vaccine or mask in class.

All four bills passed through the senate on party lines, without any Democrat support.

Democrats went against the bills, saying they defied science, while putting kids in danger and promoted conspiracy theories. Democratic state Senator Curtis Hertel accused Republican Senators of spreading “conspiracy-laden nonsense.”

This body is actually putting Michigan citizens in danger,” said Hertel.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to veto the bills, should they reach her desk if the house approves them.