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Branstad says still hope for anti-bully bill

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"It may be able to be attached to an amendment or worked into other legislation before it's over," said Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. "It may be able to be attached to an amendment or worked into other legislation before it's over," said Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.

Iowa's governor is unshaken, even though an anti-bullying bill from his anti-bullying conference looks dead.

House File 593 expands the definition of bullying to include electronic, written, verbal, or physical acts. The bill got through the education committee with bipartisan support, but has yet to be debated.

Iowa House leaders seriously doubt it would make it to the Senate before Friday's "funnel" deadline.

If it doesn't, the governor says the bill isn't "dead" until the legislature goes home.

"It may be able to be attached to an amendment or worked into other legislation before it's over," said Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.

The anti-bullying bill had support from a number of educators around the state.

But, administrators at Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School say they're not too worried if the bill dies. They say they rely on their own polices to protect students.

"It's not that big of concern for us, whether it becomes law or not. We're doing steps within our own schools to try to prevent bullying and make our students a little more aware of what's going on, and helping them to be more of an ambassador for us everyday," said Assistant Principal Steve Throne.

The governor says the anti-bullying conference that spawned this legislation, last fall, will return again this year.

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