ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Senate on April 3 approved a measure that would strengthen the state’s anti-bullying laws.
Minnesota Public Radio reported the bill passed by a 36-31 vote margin after lawmakers debated it for nearly six hours. The measure’s sponsor, gay state Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis,) said his proposal would require schools to train teachers and other personnel on how to better respond to bullying and mandate the district to investigate and track incidents.
“It provides for that balance of local initiative and control,” said Dibble, according to Minnesota Public Radio. “There’s some training and some resources so people have tools to respond in an appropriate fashion.”
The Minnesota House of Representatives on April 8 debated an anti-bullying bill that state Rep. Jim Davnie (DFL-Minneapolis) introduced.
The Associated Press reported that Gov. Mark Dayton has said he would sign the bullying measure if it were to reach his desk.
- TV reenactment of Pulse nightclub massacre planned by Mariah Cooper | posted on February 24, 2017
- Judge finds probable cause in male-on-male sex assault cases by Lou Chibbaro Jr. | posted on February 24, 2017
- ClexaCon brings focus to queer women in entertainment by Mariah Cooper | posted on February 24, 2017
- LGBT activists plan dance protest and rally for transgender rights by Mariah Cooper | posted on February 24, 2017
- Trump’s transgender roll back shakes up Supreme Court case by Chris Johnson | posted on February 24, 2017