State Board Of Education In Deadlock Over Gun Bills

Nov 14, 2017

The State’s Board of Education can’t decide what to do about recent gun legislation. There are four Democrats and four Republicans on the board. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports that means the board can’t come to an agreement on a public position on bills that loosen restrictions on guns in schools.

The bills passed the state Senate last week. They would require schools to allow people with a special license to carry a concealed weapon on school grounds.

Democrats insist the board needs to make a public statement against the bills. But Republicans say they need to wait until the bills are further along in the legislative process.

Nikki Snyder is a Republican on the board. She says the board should be more focused on school safety instead of hypothetical questions about guns.

“We need to discuss a solution instead of having a rhetorical conversation that distracts us from that.” Says Snyder.

The group of Democratic board members are working on their own statement against the bills.