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Minnesota House debates anti-bullying bill

April 9, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Members of the Minnesota House have spent hours debating a bill aimed at toughening the state's anti-bullying law.

The measure already has cleared the Senate. Gov. Mark Dayton has said he'll sign the bill this week as soon as lawmakers send it to him.

But opponents are raising objections in the House, which was still debating the bill Tuesday night. Opponents argue the proposal actually would do little to reduce bullying, removes local control from school districts and is too expensive to implement.

The proposal would require school districts to track and investigate cases of bullying and require schools to better train staff and teachers on how to prevent it. Current law requires school districts to have a bullying policy but omits details on what the policy should contain.



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