Possible special session surprise: Bullying bill

It looks like bullying could be brought up in a special session after making news nationally and in recent governor candidate debates.  Two lawmakers are bringing the issue forward in a Wednesday news conference.  Minneapolis Democrats Sen. Scott Dibble and Rep. Jim Davnie will discuss plans to reintroduce the Minnesota Safe Schools for All Act during the upcoming special legislative session.  They say “The bill would require Minnesota schools to adopt written policies to prevent bullying, protect students, and provide faculty and staff support and enforcement tools. A similar bill passed the Minnesota House and Senate with bipartisan support in 2009, but later was vetoed. Since then, several Minnesota students have reported bullying or harassment issues, some of which have been linked to suicides.”

Meanwhile, Republicans from areas affected by recent flooding say they have been happy with the process leading up to a special session so far.  The date has not yet been determined.  Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem said “I’m pleased with the level of engagement from the Executive branch and members of the Senate Majority.  Disasters like this are about people and needs and transcend partisanship and electoral politics.”  Sen. Mike Parry (R-Waseca) added “In its current form, this bill will address communities in my Senate District that are almost unrecognizable.  Owatonna and Steele County alone have amassed over $63 million in damage, with totals in Faribault still unknown.  My hope is to have a speedy and efficient special session, so that we can begin reconstruction as soon as possible. It is important to let our fellow citizens know that we are moving forward quickly and responsibly.”

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/12/2010 - 07:20 pm.

    And they wonder why they are headed for the bleachers…

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