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Published March 17, 2011, 03:43 PM

ND Senate endorses school policies on bullying

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota schools may be taking new steps against bullying.

The state Senate on Thursday approved legislation that says school districts must have anti-bullying policies ready by July 2012.

The bill says teachers and school aides must be trained in preventing bullying.

Belcourt Sen. Richard Marsellais (MAR'-suh-lay) says North Dakota is one of the few states that doesn't have an anti-bullying law for public schools.

Minot Sen. Oley (OH'-lee) Larsen and Bismarck Sen. Margaret Sitte (SIT'-ee) fought the bill.

Larsen says children need to be taught how to handle bullying. Sitte says the bill is an example of "the nanny state."

Senators voted 36-10 to approve the legislation. It now goes to Gov. Jack Dalrymple for his review. It is HB1465.

The House is considering a separate anti-bullying bill.