The Iowa Senate approved a measure aimed at establishing more anti-bullying efforts in schools across the state after a heated debate.
Legislation was approved Tuesday on a 26 to 19 partisan vote. All votes in favor of the bill were cast by Democrats, and all votes against were by republicans.
The bill is meant to help schools better address bullying.
Some republican senators say the proposal falls short in its effort to ensure student safety and doesn`t provide enough opportunity for parental involvement.
Democrats argue republicans are neglecting to consider the well-being of children by refusing their support of the measure.