Yesterday Forum For Equality was at the Capitol for the House Education Committee hearing on Sen. Rick Ward’s Anti-Bullying Bill (SB 746) to support amendments that were being made to make it more effective and workable. Sen. Ward and the House Education committee voted down all of Rep. Patricia Smith’s amendments despite Stop Bullying Louisiana coalition members support and meeting with Sen. Ward in advance of the committee hearing. Sen. Ward’s anti-bullying bill now advances to the floor of the House of Representatives where coalition members will once again try to improve the bill.
Rep. Patricia Smith’s (HB 1214) School Bullying Prevention Act passed the House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 72 to 16! HB 1214 is now headed to the Senate Education committee. Although the bill does not include the enumerated list, Forum For Equality will continue working with legislators and our Stop Bullying Louisiana Coalition allies to help ensure the best protections possible for ALL of our state’s schoolchildren, particularly students in the LGBT community. We thank and commend Rep. Smith for continuing to be an advocate for safe school measures that are workable and best protect Louisiana students from the harmful effects of bullying in our schools.
Stay tuned for more updates as these bills progress through the legislature.