Senate Passes Anti-Bullying Bill
The controversial anti-bullying bill, formally called the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, passed the Minnesota Senate on Thursday with a vote of 36 to 31. The bill passed the House of Representatives in 2013.
Governor Dayton has listed the bill as one of his legislative priorities for 2014. Earlier Thursday, House Speaker Paul Thissen, (DFL-Minneapolis), told reporters that, barring any unusual amendments, he did not believe a conference committee would be required to resolve differences between the House and Senate bills.
Republican Senators stalled a final vote on the bill with a long list of amendments and criticisms of Dibble’s bill. A number of Republicans objected to what they said was too much state control and too little parental involvement.