Nevada: State Legislature Approves Anti-Bullying Bill

A school anti-bullying bill, strongly supported by Gov. Brian Sandoval, has passed in the state Assembly by an overwhelming 36-6 vote, and now heads to the governors desk for his signature.

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Senate Bill 504 creates the Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment within the Department of Education. It also sets specific requirements on how school officials must deal with incidents of bullying. Administrators, principals and other school officials who knowingly or willfully fail to meet the requirements could be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal.

The anti-bullying campaign is part of the Republican governor’s education agenda. His budget includes a new program called Social Workers in Schools, which would provide $36 million in grants to combat bullying. Another $300,000 in each of the next two years is also included in the governor’s budget to establish the Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment.

The bill includes protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Nevada will become the 20th state plus the District of Columbia to have specific laws that protect LGBT students from bullying.