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CYBERBULLYING LAW: Branstad Wants Bill Passed

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Governor Terry Branstad says he plans to personally talk with House Republicans to try to push a cyberbullying prevention bill through the Statehouse.

Some Republicans have issues with early proposals that would give school officials more disciplinary power over students who harass other students outside of class.

They think it’s an overreach of authority that could put administrators into incidents that involve siblings at home or kids at church or camp functions.

“We want to see it passed. I believe there’s broad-based bipartisan support for it and it needs to be approved,” Governor Branstad said.

The Senate version includes a plan to add an office in the Department of Education to oversee anti-bullying efforts.

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