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Illinois House passes anti-bullying measure

Springfield, IL — The Illinois House Wednesday narrowly passed new anti-bullying legislation for schools. The measure sponsored by lesbian state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) passed by 61 votes and now moves to the Illinois Senate.

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy in Springfield Wednesday :: kyle hillman
State Rep. Kelly Cassidy in Springfield Wednesday 
credit :: kyle hillman
"Today, we passed important legislation to take the next critical step to ensuring that our kids are safe in school," Cassidy told "The Safe Schools Act laid the foundation, and today's act puts in place the tools school districts need to be able to effectively respond to bullying in our schools and help to make our students safe."

The measure, known as HB5290, would require the Illinois State Board of Education to create a "template for a model bullying prevention policy" that individual school districts would use when establishing policies. The bill is not directly related to LGBT issues. 

Cassidy said state Rep. Sandra Pihos (R-Glen Ellyn) worked with Republican lawmakers to help steer the measure to passage in the General Assembly. She also credited state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora), who chairs the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.

State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) laid the foundation for HB5290 with previous work on the bullying issue. 

State Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) will sponsor the measure in the Senate, where Cassidy said she'll continue to push for its passage. 
About time,,,, it's a no brainer....duh....politicans....
Posted by Nancy Abbott Stilson on Wed, 3/28/2012 3:26 PM
It was great to watch the masterful way Rep. Cassidy moved this bill forward and the excellent efficient and effective work of the Safe Schools Alliance, the ACLU and AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

I have such admiration and respect for the folks at our Statehouse who are working hard for us.
Posted by Rickgarcia on Mon, 4/9/2012 6:12 PM
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