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Anti-bullying Bill

CS HB 1942: Relating to bullying in public schools.

Primary Authors: Rep. Diane Patrick (R-Arlington),  Rep. Mark Shelton (R-Fort Worth), Rep. Mark Strama (D-Austin), Rep. Rob Eissler (R-The Woodlands), Rep. Ryan Guillen  (D-Rio Grande City)

Co-Authors:  Rep. Marisa Marquez (D-El Paso); Rep. Jerry Madden (R-Plano); Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin); Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston); Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock (R-Killeen); Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Fort Worth); Rep. Joe Farias (D-San Antonio); Rep. Veronica Gonzales (D-McAllen); Rep. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio); Rep. Ana Hernandez Luna (D-Houston); Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas); Rep. Susan King (R-Abilene); Rep. Eddie Lucio III (D-Brownsville); Rep. Jose Menendez (D-San Antonio); Rep. Boris Miles (D-Houston); Rep. Elliott Naishtat (D-Austin); Rep. Aaron Pena (R-Edinburg); Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City).
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio)

Background: Bullying is a chronic problem throughout our public school system. In 2005, the 79th Texas Legislature passed the first anti-bullying measure.  Since then, the Texas legislature has failed to adopt modern language addressing the rapidly changing face of bullying in our schools.  We currently seek comprehensive legislation that includes: a modern definition of the act of bullying, stronger parental notification requirements, broader accountability within the school system among others issues.
Committee: Public Education. 

06/17/2011 - Signed by the Governor
05/27/2011 - Sent to the Governor.
05/26/2011 - Signed in House and Senate.
05/23/2011 - Voted on and Passed. Senate passage as amended report.
05/21/2011 - Co-sponsor Authorized.
05/21/2011 - Placed on Intent Calendar.
05/20/2011 - Committee Report Printed and Distributed.
05/05/2011 - Received by the Senate. See: Senate Journal for May 5, 2011 
05/05/2011 - Reported Engrossed and Sent to Senate. 
05/04/2011 - Passed Third Reading by a Vote of  Y: 94 N: 41.  
05/03/2011 - Passed to engrossment as amended. Y: 102 N: 34
05/02/2011 - Placed on General State Calendar.
04/20/2011 - Committee Report Sent to Calendars.
04/19/2011 - Committee Report Distributed.
04/19/2011 - Committee Report Filed with Committee Coordinator. 
04/12/2011 - Committee Substitute Considered in Committee April 12, 2011, Reported Favorably 
03/29/2011 - Committee Substitute Considered in Committee, Testimony Taken and Left Pending.
03/29/2011 - Scheduled for Public Hearing on 03/29/2011 (2 pm or upon adjournment. E2.036)
03/07/2011 - Read First Time and Referred to Public Education.
03/01/2011 - Filed.

Equality Texas Position: Equality Texas supports this legislation and it is part of our legislative agenda.

Bill History:  Bill History on CS HB 1942

Bill Text: 
View the Text for CS HB 1942 (04/19/2011) (PDF)
House Floor Amendment #1 by Patrick (05/03/2011) (PDF)
House Floor Amendment #2 by Simpson (05/03/2011) (PDF)
House Floor Amendment #3 by Simpson (05/03/2011) (PDF)

Fiscal Note:  

Summary of Committee Action
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