Gov. plans to try again on anti-bullying effort

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bill designed to crack down on cyberbullying failed to advance in the Legislature this year, but Gov. Terry Branstad says he plans to keep working to toughen Iowa’s anti-bullying laws.

Branstad promised Thursday he would hold another state summit on bullying, as he did last fall, and will work to get a bill passed next year.

Branstad says he “wants kids to feel safe.”

The bullying bill offered by Branstad this year would have updated state guidelines for school districts to include bullying that occurs outside school on social media websites like Facebook. It received subcommittee approval in the House but then stalled.

Matt Carver, of the group School Administrators of Iowa, says he hopes the Legislature will approve a version of the bill once lawmakers have more information.

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