Post submitted by Trevor Chandler, former HRC Associate Regional Field Director
Moments ago history was made in Minnesota as Governor Mark Dayton signed the Safe and Supportive Schools Act, which will give Minnesota one of the strongest anti-bullying laws in the country after having one of the weakest.
This bill was a result of hard work by our friends at OutFront Minnesota and was sponsored in the Senate by friend of HRC Sen. Scott Dibble who was also the champion of the marriage equality law passed almost a year ago. HRC was proud to be a part of the Safe Schools Coalition along with many other partners who worked so hard to make this a reality.
Hundreds of HRC members across the state took action by contacting their legislators to make sure this bill passed. It was stalled in the last session by Republicans in the State Senate.
It passed the House early this morning after 12 hours of debate forced by opponents of the bill and the Governor immediately announced his intention to sign it right away on the capitol steps.
There are a lot of emotions in the passage of this bill, both for the amount of hard work by advocates on the ground as well as because of how bullying has so visibly affected youth here. Few can forget the heart wrenching stories that came out of the Anoka-Hennepin School District as a rash of suicides devastated the community.
The law signed today will ensure that Minnesota schools put in place policies to help avert the tragic losses, like those in Anoka-Hennepin.