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Bullying Bill Sent Back To Senate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa House passed a pared down anti-bullying bill batting back to the Senate one of Gov. Terry Branstad's priority policy issues this year.

If the Senate rejects the House amendment the bill will end up in conference committee to work out differences as the Legislature moves into its final days.

The House amendment removes funding for training of teachers and administrators and says the training should be part of their professional development.

The amendment requires districts to establish notification procedures for bullying that includes consulting with the bullied student and a school counselor before parents are told. Parents would not be notified if the student indicates it would subject them to abuse or other harm at home.

The amendment also adds social networking to the definition of electronic bullying.

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