House lawmakers approve anti-bullying bill, Governor to sign bill Wednesday

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House lawmakers approve anti-bullying bill, Governor to sign bill Wednesday

April 8, 2014 Updated Apr 9, 2014 at 7:15 AM CDT

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.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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