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Minnesota Governor To Sign Anti-Bullying Bill

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(KARE-11) -- The controversial anti-bullying is awaiting Governor Dayton's signature.

The Minnesota House of Representatives passed the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools act early Wednesday morning with a vote of 69 to 63.

The vote came after more than 10 hours of debate on the House floor.

Some opponents of the bill argued the measure is too intrusive on school districts and is too costly.

The cost of the bill is estimated at $19 million per year statewide.

Supporters say the bill is necessary, as Minnesota currently has one of the weakest bullying laws in the nation.

The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act requires districts to create their own anti-bullying policies or adopt a state model policy.

Governor Dayton has voiced his support for the act, even listing it as one of his legislative priorities for the current session.

The Minnesota Senate approved the measure last week with a vote of 36 to 31.

Governor Dayton has announced he will sign the bill Wednesday afternoon on the Minnesota State Capitol steps at 4:00 p.m.

He will be joined by legislators, parents, students, and teachers.

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