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Michigan Senate passes bill banning intimate relations between school employees and students

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate has approved legislation aimed at expanding prohibitions against sex between school employees and students.

The Senate passed the main bill in a legislative package by a 36-2 vote Tuesday. The legislation advances to the House.

The legislation would make it a crime for school employees such as administrators and teachers to have sex with students even if the student is 18 or older.

Current law sets an age of consent in such cases at 18.

Sponsors of the new legislation say that's a loophole that should be closed to prevent a school employee in a position of authority from taking advantage of a student, regardless of the student's age.

The measure would take effect July 1 if it becomes law.

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Senate Bill 596.