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Continued: Amended anti-bullying bill appeases key Minnesota school groups

They are also concerned the amended bill gives the state education commissioner the authority to withhold school funding for violations of the bullying law.

Still, the group’s lobbyist, Grace Keliher, said the amendments tackle many of the group’s concerns. She called the changes “a step in the right direction.”

Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, unsuccessfully attempted late in the hearing to replace Dibble’s legislation with her own alternative, a three-page bill modeled after North Dakota’s antibullying legislation.

Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, warned committee members of what was to come.

“We want to protect kids. I was bullied just like anybody else,” he said. “You don’t know what you’re going to get with this; you’re not going to like it in the end.” 651-925-5043 612-673-4469


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