We received some excellent news from Augusta this afternoon when Maine's anti-bullying bill, LD 1237, passed unanimously out of committee. Bullying is a major problem at all grade levels in our state, and this bill will help make our schools safer and provide students with better protection against discrimination and harassment.
The bill had been set aside last June, but the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee took it up again this session and passed it today, setting up a full floor vote soon. ACLU of Maine Public Policy Counsel Alysia Melnick has been actively working on this bill for the past several weeks in Augusta, along with lots of other committed advocates and lawmakers, and today's vote marks a major step forward and a great success after many months of hard work.
Stay tuned for more information in the days ahead as this anti-bullying bill moves through the legislature and hopefully becomes law!