- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A bill that would give school educators more authority to respond to student bullying is continuing to make its way through the Iowa Legislature.

The House Education Committee voted 19-4 Wednesday for the bill, which would allow administrators and teachers to respond to cases of bullying off school grounds. It would also expand the definition of cyberbullying.

The bill, which passed in the Senate, lacks a $200,000 appropriation for teacher training and a student mentoring program that was in a similar House bill. It now heads to the full House for consideration.

Rep. Quentin Stanerson, a Center Point Republican leading the bill, says House lawmakers are advancing the Senate measure with the hopes of adding the money back through another legislative process.

Anti-bullying legislation failed last session over funding issues.

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