Anti-bullying bill among those likely dead


April 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One of the bills that appears to be dead in the Iowa Legislature this week is an effort backed by Gov. Terry Branstad to crack down on online bullying. Branstad says Thursday he’s still hopeful there might be action on the issue during the legislative session, but the cyberbullying bill did not survive a procedural deadline.

While major initiatives like health care, education policy and property tax reductions remain alive, a variety of other proposals appear dead this session. Among them are bills that would require schools to test for radon, mandate suicide prevention training for teachers, make the names of gun permit holders private and make it harder for government officials to seize land for the development of lakes.