House committee rejects bullying legislation

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A bill to protect students from bullying
by their classmates has died in the House Education Committee
because of concerns by some lawmakers that it would give "special
rights" to gay students.

The proposal by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Louisville Democrat,
failed to get the 15 votes it needed to pass the committee. The
party-line vote on Tuesday was 13 in favor, 10 against and three
abstentions.

Most of the Republicans who voted against the bill said a 2008
law sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mike Cherry of Princeton is a
national model and is sufficient to protect students. But Marzian,
who mentioned that Cherry was a sponsor of her bill, said hers was
stronger because it specifies categories of students to be
protected.
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The bill is HB 336.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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