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Minnesota House passes anti-bullying bill

April 9, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House has passed a measure aimed at toughening the state's anti-bullying law, sending it to Gov. Mark Dayton for approval.

The House voted 69-63 early Wednesday in favor of the bill, which had already cleared the Senate. Dayton has said he will sign it as soon as it reaches his desk.

The bill 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.

House members who oppose the measure say it would do little to reduce bullying, would remove local control from school districts and would be too expensive to implement.



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