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Anti-bullying bill heads to Governor Snyder

By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network



It appears all school districts in Michigan will soon be required to adopt anti-bullying policies. The Legislature sent an anti-bullying proposal to Governor Rick Snyder Tuesday. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber has more.

Approval of the anti-bullying measure ends a very public saga that focused on Senate Republicans, who originally approved a measure with a so-called "license to bully" that would have allowed exceptions for statements based on religious or moral conviction. That proposal gained a lot of national media attention.

This is Democratic state Senator Glenn Anderson.

"And I know there's a rush to recover from that and move on," he says.

Anderson says lawmakers should not rush to approve a less controversial anti-bullying bill.

"This bill falls far short of what we should be doing to protect our young people across Michigan," he adds.

Anderson was one of only two senators to vote against the new anti-bullying bill. He says it may no longer be a "license to bully," but he says it should do more to protect gay and lesbian kids, and to protect all kids from cyber bullying.

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