State House Committee to Consider "Parental Responsibility Act"

State House Committee to Consider

A Michigan House committee Wednesday will consider a measure that would strip welfare benefits from a family if their child skips school too many times.

It's called the "Parental Responsibility Act," and it's sponsored by House Republican Al Pscholka of Stevensville.   He says he's responding to comments from some teachers, adding that its' important that students stay in school, and also that education is the best way out of poverty.

If a student is over the age of 16 and is a truant, he or she would lose welfare payments but the rest of the family would not.

The bill is before the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee.

Republicans largely support the proposal.  Democrats criticize it for penalizing a family because of a rebellious teenager.


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