Anti-Bullying Legislation Passes First Round

Schools across the state would have to take action to prevent bullying, under a bill that got first-round approval.

The bill from Senator Gwen Howard does not dictate which specific actions school districts must take to prevent bullying, just that they have a policy in place.

Howard said just 20 percent of school districts have specific policies on bullying.

But bullying is addressed in most schools' codes of conduct.

Should the bill get final approval, districts would have to have the policies in place by summer 2009.