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Bill would Create Broad Anti-Bullying Program in Nevada

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Lawmakers are considering a bill backed by Gov. Brian Sandoval that would implement a broad anti-bullying program throughout Nevada's school system.

The Senate and Assembly education committees met Tuesday to consider SB504, which would create an Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment within the Nevada Department of Education.

Sandoval proposed allocating $36 million over the next two years to hire one school social worker for every 250 students. SB504 deals with the policy portion of the plan, while the funding portion will be considered separately in a money committee.

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SB504 would strengthen reporting requirements for bullying incidents, and create a 24-hour hotline and a website for submitting complaints.

Parents of children who reported severe bullying in Nevada schools gave tearful testimony and urged lawmakers to pass the bill.