DES MOINES – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today applauded the Iowa State Senate for passing Senate File 345, a bill that works to prevent bullying in Iowa schools. The bill passed with bipartisan support, 43-7.
“I am pleased that the Iowa Senate today joined Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and me in calling for ending bullying in Iowa,” said Branstad. “Every child in Iowa deserves to go to school in a safe and respectful learning environment. The passage of Senate File 345 will give schools the tools they need to prevent bulling. I’m hopeful that the bill will receive support in the Iowa House and come to my desk for final approval.”
“As a mother and grandmother, I know it’s critically important for Iowa to protect our children from bullying,” said Reynolds. “The simple truth is that bullying is hurtful, and does not support and promote a healthy learning environment.”
A recent poll showed that Iowans strongly support anti-bullying measures. The poll conducted in February of 2015 showed 73 percent of Iowans support it, while 23 percent oppose it.