Branstad on Bullying

State Legislature

Governor Branstad talked about a common problem in Iowa schools during his weekly news conference Monday. He focused on the state’s effort to crack down on bullying.

Bullying legislation has struggled despite a strong push from the Governor’s office.

The Democratic Senate passed a bullying bill earlier this session, but a similar bill still sits in the Republican-controlled House.

“We need to make sure that school administrators are given the tools to effectively deal with it if it happens on social media as well as on the school grounds,” Branstad said.

The legislation would give schools the authority to enforce their anti–bullying policy even in off–campus situations.

Meanwhile, Branstad’s Democratic rival Jack Hatch held his own news conference, trying to bring the focus back to the secret settlement scandal in Branstad’s administration.

He showed off ta letter he got from the state auditor’s office saying they will agree to go forward with an investigation into $500,000 dollars in “hush money” paid to laid off state workers.

“We think it’s time for Iowans to really believe in state government again. As I called two weeks ago, we want to take politics out of the investigation. In that regard, I do agree with Governor Branstad that we should take politics out and leave it to independent investigators,” Hatch said.

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