Anti-Bullying Bill Passes

Following nearly 12 hours of debate which ended shortly after 2:00 a.m., the Minnesota House Wednesday approved the controversial Anti-Bullying Bill.
The vote was 69-63, with all Republicans and a couple of Democrats, including Winona's Gene Pelowski, in opposition.

GOP members say the bill, among other things, heaps a 25-million dollar unfunded mandate on to local school districts; it supercedes current law; it allows for sexually graphic materials to be used to teach 10 years olds about human sexuality.            

Representative Steve Drazkowski voted against the bill, mainly based on direction he received from local school district officials, and he spoke out against it during Tuesday's lengthy debate.

Democrat Pelowski, a retired teacher, also voted against the bill because most school district's own policies, he says, are working.

Pelowski said nearly every Republican spoke against the bill during debate causing the lengthy floor session.....             

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