Hickenlooper Signs School Bullying Law

Law Requires School Districts To Develop Policies To Prevent Bullying

Gov. John Hickenlooper is hitting the road to sign bills into law, including one that would reduce bullying in Colorado schools.

Hickenlooper signed the bill at Lakewood High School Friday as students and the proposal's sponsors looked on. The measure updates definitions for bullying at schools, including adding language about online bullying.

The new law also encourages schools to conduct biannual student surveys about bullying and enables the state to accept grants to provide grants for prevention programs.

The bill is being applauded by gay and lesbian advocacy groups because they say it specifically protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender young people from the bullying, harassment, name-calling, and violence that they so often are forced to endure.

The governor also visited a restaurant in Lakewood and signed a bill allowing bars and restaurants to sell low-strength beer.

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