"Bullying Bill" Removed from Consideration
Special Report - July 18, 2008
The "Bullying Bill" has been removed from consideration on the floor of the North Carolina House and Senate as the 2008 Session draws to a close, which means that the bill is unlikely to reappear on the floor of either chamber. On Thursday afternoon, the Senate referred HB1366-School Violence Prevention Act from the floor to the Judiciary 1 Committee, and on Friday morning, the House sent the bill back to the conference committee to which is was assigned.
"Some media accounts of the activities surrounding HB 1366 have suggested that the efforts of groups like the North Carolina Family Policy Council advocates bullying," said John Rustin, vice president and director of government relations for the North Carolina Family Policy Council. "This could not be farther from the truth. The fact is that the Council fully supported the Senate version of the bill, because it did not contain a provision adopted by the House that listed specific categories including 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity or expression.' The insistence of the proponents of HB 1366 to keep 'sexual orientation' in the bill is what ultimately led to its demise."
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