ANTI-BULLYING OUTCOME UNCLEAR

Rod Boshart
Published: March 20 2014 | 3:07 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 9:55 am in

An Iowa House GOP leader was noncommittal Thursday as to the fate of a Senate-passed anti-bullying bill in her chamber. Democrats who control the Iowa Senate earlier this week passed a bill that establishes consistent reporting by schools, allows local educators to address bullying that occurs off campus or online, and creates a statewide grant program to encourage districts to promote safer schools. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, called it the toughest, most comprehensive anti-bullying legislation “that we ever passed on this subject.” However, Senate GOP Leader Bill Dix of Shell Rock said does not afford protections to all students, while House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer, R-Garner, said she had not had a chance to review the Senate bill so she did not know what provisions could be stumbling blocks. She said she believes the opportunity exists to find bipartisan agreement on an issue that is one of Gov. Terry Branstad’s 2014 priorities. “Will we be able to make everyone happy? Perhaps not, but I think we can get good support on this bill,” Upmeyer said.

 

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