05RS HB405


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HB 405 (BR 1655) - M. Cherry, P. Clark, J. Draud, C. Embry Jr, D. Floyd, M. Harper, M. Henley, J. Higdon, P. Marcotte, M. Marzian, R. Palumbo, M. Rader, C. Siler, K. Stein, J. Wayne, B. Yonts

     AN ACT relating to the safety, learning, and well-being of students.
     Amend KRS 158.440 to require school districts to have procedures in place to address student harassment, intimidation, and bullying; amend KRS 158.441 to define "harassment, intimidation, or bullying"; amend KRS 158.148 to require school districts to formulate a code of acceptable behavior prohibiting student harassment, intimidation, or bullying that includes procedures for reporting and investigating complaints, a strategy for protecting complainants from retaliation, and a process for annually discussing the code with students; require school districts, under certain conditions, to provide training to school employees on the district's acceptable code of behavior; require school districts to include code of acceptable behavior in district employee training manual; amend KRS 158.150 to include student harassment, intimidation, or bullying as a cause for suspension or expulsion; amend 158.444 to require local school districts to collect and provide the Kentucky Department of Education with information related to all incidents of student harassment, intimidation, or bullying; amend KRS 160.345 to require a school council to include strategies to address student harassment, intimidation, or bullying as part of the school's comprehensive safety plan; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to provide immunity to school employees or students from a cause of action for damages arising from reporting a student's disruptive or disorderly behavior.


     HCA (1, F. Rasche) - Retain original provisions except clarify that a school employee or student reporting an incident of a student's disruptive or disorderly behavior is immune from a cause of action for damages if the report is made in good faith; and make technical corrections.

     HFA (1, T. Riner) - Require that training on district's code of acceptable behavior and discipline strategies include a component on how to encourage students' reporting of harassment, intimidation, and bullying.

     HFA (2, M. Harmon) - Prohibits any school or school board from developing behavior and discipline policies that conflict with the personal religious beliefs of staff or students.

     Feb 10-introduced in House
     Feb 11-to Education (H)
     Feb 14-posted in committee
     Feb 16-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with committee amendment (1)
     Feb 17-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 18-floor amendment (1) filed
     Feb 23-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 24, 2005
     Feb 24-floor amendment (2) filed; 3rd reading, passed 57-33 with committee amendment (1), floor amendment (1)
     Feb 25-received in Senate
     Feb 28-to Education (S)

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