House Passes Anti-Bullying Bill 09 Apr 14

The Minnesota House approved a controversial Anti-Bullying Bill at shortly after midnight this (WED) morning following nearly 12 hours of debate. The final vote was 69-63, with all Republicans and a couple of Democrats in opposition. GOP members say the bill puts a $25-million unfunded mandate on local school districts and adds red tape and more bureaucracy to efforts to keep schools safe. Representative Glenn Gruenhagen of Glencoe says it also allows for sexually graphic materials to be used to teach 10-years-olds about human sexuality. The Senate passed the legislation last week. The bill requires school districts to track and investigate cases of bullying and directs schools to better train staff and teachers on how to prevent it. Current law requires school districts to have a bullying policy, but doesn’t include details on what the policy should contain. Governor Dayton plans to sign the bill on the steps of the state Capitol at 4pm today (WED).