Bullying Bill Passes Education
Salmon's legislation requires
schools to set policy
April 29, 2005
In a bipartisan vote to protect the safety of Alaska's schoolchildren,
the House Special Committee on Education on Thursday passed House
Bill 233, the "bullying bill," out of committee. Rep.
Woodie Salmon, D-Beaver, sponsored the bill.
"I introduced this bill because I was asked by several parents
to address bullying in Alaska's schools and because I am concerned
about the safety of our children," Representative Salmon
said. "This bill requires school districts to have
a policy on bullying and demonstrates that the Legislature supports
schools' efforts to tackle intimidation and harassment among
Representative Salmon received several requests from parents
to introduce this legislation. Margit Brooks from Tok, Co-Director
of the parental organization Bully Police Alaska, urged the committee
to address this issue. "There are a handful of states
that have done the right thing for our kids. They have put
laws into place about bullying. There are some states that
are 'considering' putting laws into place about bullying. In
my mind there shouldn't be any 'considering'. It's a no-brainer. It
should be a done deal."
Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Wasilla, who chairs the House Special Committee
on Education and is a co-sponsor of HB 233, indicated his support
for the bill. "I'm glad Representative Salmon introduced
this legislation to deal with the serious problem of childhood
bullying, and I am proud that the bill passed out of committee."
The bill moves to the House Judiciary Committee next.
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