The Minnesota House has passed a measure aimed at toughening the state's anti-bullying law, sending it to Gov. Mark Dayton for approval.
The House voted 69-63 early this morning in favor of the bill, which had already cleared the Senate.
Dayton is expected to sign the bill this afternoon.
The bill would require school districts to track and investigate cases of bullying and require schools to better train staff and teachers on how to prevent it.
The new bill also create bullying prevention programs, require notification of parents as well as police if evidence of a crime is found.
House members who oppose the measure say it would do little to reduce bullying, would remove local control from school districts and would be too expensive to implement.