CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada senators have passed a bill backed by Gov. Brian Sandoval that would implement a broad anti-bullying initiative throughout Nevada’s school system.
Senators voted 18-1 on Monday to approve SB504, which would create an Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment within the Nevada Department of Education.
It would also strengthen reporting requirements for bullying incidents, and create a 24-hour hotline and a website for submitting complaints.
The bill now heads to the Assembly.
Sandoval’s budget proposes allocating $36 million over the next two years to hire one school social worker for every 250 students and execute the goals of the anti-bullying office. That financial request has yet to garner final legislative approval.
The anti-bullying program is one of several major education initiatives Sandoval has proposed.
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