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Pledge of Allegiance requirement headed to Gov. Snyder's desk

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

A bill requiring public schools  in Michigan to make time for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.

The state Senate just approved a final version of the measure.

Another bill in the package mandates all public school classrooms have an American flag on display.

State Senator Roger Kahn sponsored the legislation. He said he wished it could have taken higher priority for the Legislature this year.

"It took longer than I wanted it to take. It ran into summer recesses. I didn’t want it to take a back-burner, but it ended up taking a back-burner," said Kahn.

But a few Democrats said the bills should have never moved at all. They said the measures are a distraction from more important things. They also said it could be a burden for some schools. The VFW of Michigan said it will encourage local posts to donate flags to schools.

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