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Published February 22, 2011, 03:18 PM

Anti-bullying Bill Easily Passes ND House

A measure that's intended to deter bullying in schools has won overwhelming approval in the North Dakota House.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A measure that's intended to deter bullying in schools has won overwhelming approval in the North Dakota House.

The bill says each school district must adopt an anti-bullying policy by July 2012.

It instructs the state School Boards Association to develop a policy as a model for local schools.

The North Dakota Senate approved a similar bill last week that requires the state school superintendent to develop the model rules.

Both public and non-public schools must adopt anti-bullying policies. They must include instructions for reporting, investigating and punishing cases of bullying. School districts would also need to offer bullying prevention programs.

Schools wouldn't be liable for bullying that occurs if they adopt proper bullying policies.

The House approved the measure, 76-18, on Tuesday. It now goes to the Senate.

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