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Summary: Under current law, students who are in grades sixth and below that disrupt class or school transportation with disorderly conduct are exempt from receiving a Class C Misdemeanor. HB 1231 changes the law for Class C Misdemeanor exemptions to include students ages twelve and younger rather than grades six and below.
Analysis: HB 1231 maintains a legitimate role of government by allowing the state to determine the ages when students are exempt from certain disciplinary consequences. Because sixth graders are sometimes below the age of twelve, this bill provides clarity by preventing younger students from receiving a misdemeanor that would be on their record for the rest of their lives. We support HB 1231.