Minn. House Approves Controversial Anti-Bullying Bill After Nearly 12 Hours of Debate

Updated: 04/09/2014 1:18 AM
Created: 04/08/2014 8:33 PM
By: Cassie Hart

At the Minnesota State Capitol the battle of over the controversial anti-bullying bill moved forward on House floor late Tuesday, as members voted to pass it on a 69-63 vote.

The vote comes after nearly 12 hours of debate, where Republicans slammed the bill.

"The Democrats are turning our state inside out, and our children are paying the price. Our rights, our liberties, our freedoms, who and what we are. It's all getting turned on its head," said Rep. Jim Newberger, Becker.

Opponents of the Safe and Supportive Schools Act say it's too costly, includes too much state control and still doesn't explicitly require that parents be notified of all bullying incidents.

Supporters argue the bill could save lives.

The bill passed the Senate last week on a 36-31 vote, and after six hours of debate.

The bill now heads to Governor Dayton, who is expected to sign it into law at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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