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HB 7029 - Prohibits Administrators From Punishing Simulation Of Weapon Play - Key Vote

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Anitere Flores voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Prohibits Administrators From Punishing Simulation Of Weapon Play

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (32-6) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Administrators From Punishing Simulation Of Weapon Play

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits administrators from punishing students for simulating guns or weapons during play.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits school administrators from punishing a student through disciplinary action or the juvenile justice system for any of the following actions (Sec. 1):
    • Wearing clothing or accessories that depict a firearm or weapon;
    • Expressing an opinion regarding a right guaranteed by the Second Amendment; or
    • “Simulating a firearm or weapon while playing.”
  • Defines “simulating a firearm or weapon while playing” as certain actions include, but are not limited to, the following actions (Sec. 1):
    • Brandishing a partially consumed pastry or other food item;
    • Possessing a toy firearm or weapon made of snap-together building blocks; or
    • Using a finger or hand to simulate a firearm or weapon.
  • Authorizes schools to punish students through disciplinary action or the juvenile justice system for simulating a firearm or weapon in the following situations (Sec. 1):
    • When the simulation disrupts learning;
    • When the simulation causes bodily harm to another individual; or
    • When the simulation places another individual in “reasonable fear” of bodily harm.
  • Requires punishments for violating firearm and weapon simulation rules to be consistent with school board policies for similar infractions and proportionate to the severity of the infraction (Sec. 1). 
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (98-17) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Administrators From Punishing Simulation Of Weapon Play

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits administrators from punishing students for simulating guns or weapons during play.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits school administrators from punishing a student through disciplinary action or the juvenile justice system for any of the following actions (Sec. 1):
    • Wearing clothing or accessories that depict a firearm or weapon;
    • Expressing an opinion regarding a right guaranteed by the Second Amendment; or
    • “Simulating a firearm or weapon while playing.”
  • Defines “simulating a firearm or weapon while playing” as certain actions include, but are not limited to, the following actions (Sec. 1):
    • Brandishing a partially consumed pastry or other food item;
    • Possessing a toy firearm or weapon made of snap-together building blocks; or
    • Using a finger or hand to simulate a firearm or weapon.
  • Authorizes schools to punish students through disciplinary action or the juvenile justice system for simulating a firearm or weapon in the following situations (Sec. 1):
    • When the simulation disrupts learning;
    • When the simulation causes bodily harm to another individual; or
    • When the simulation places another individual in “reasonable fear” of bodily harm.
  • Requires punishments for violating firearm and weapon simulation rules to be consistent with school board policies for similar infractions and proportionate to the severity of the infraction (Sec. 1). 
  • Rep. James W. Grant voted “Yea” after the roll call.
  • Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda voted “Yea” after the roll call.
  • Rep. Charles E. Van Zant voted “Yea” after the roll call.
  • Rep.  Elaine J. Schwartz voted “Nay” after the roll call.
  • Rep. Irving Slosberg is not listed on our vote breakdown because his vote did not accurately reflect his intentions; he initially voted “Yea” but changed his vote to “Nay” after the roll call. 
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Prohibits Administrators From Punishing Simulation Of Weapon Play

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