St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A controversial bill aiming to strengthen Minnesota's anti-bullying law faced staunch opposition from its critics on the House floor Thursday, but after 12 hours of debate, passed in a 69 to 63 vote.
Much of the debate was one sided. Critics took turns voicing concerns about the proposed Safe and Supportive Schools Act.
The bill promises a clearer definition of bullying, requires training for staff members and allows individual districts to develop their own anti-bullying policies.
House Republicans argue the bill is dangerous, micromanages schools and takes away local control.
The Minnesota Senate approved the bill last week in a 36 to 31 vote.
Critics say another issue with the bill is the estimated cost to schools at $19 million per year.
Governor Mark Dayton is expected to sign the bill on the steps of the Capitol at 4 p.m. Wednesday.