Public schools

Indiana Senate Passes Anti-Bullying Bill

Will it be used to damper speech?

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A bill to help schools address bullying likely is now on its way to Gov. Mike Pence.

House Bill 1423 was passed Wednesday by the Senate on a vote of 36-14. Rep. Greg Porter, D-Indianapolis, the House author of the bill said he will concur with changes made in the Senate.

If the House — which earlier approved the bill 77-17 — agrees, that clears the way for the measure to go to Pence for his consideration.

"From my perspective, other than the budget, this will be one of the top five bills that comes out of here that affect a lot of individuals in our state," Porter said.