Bill to create anti-bullying task force heads to House

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Rep. Barbara Norton, D-Shreveport, addresses reporters and legislative staff on the Statehouse steps Tuesday about her anti-bullying task force bill.  She is flanked by Rep. Kenny Cox, D-Natchitoches, and Rep. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge. Photo by Samuel Carter Karlin.

By Justin DiCharia

BATON ROUGE – Lawmakers shared personal childhood  experiences with bullies Tuesday as legislation to create a Bullying Awareness and Treatment Task Force unanimously passed the House Health and Welfare Committee to the full House for consideration.

Rep. Barbara Norton, D-Shreveport, presented House Bill 1017 at a press conference on the steps of the State Capitol minutes before appearing before the committee, explaining that the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) would spearhead the group in searching for solutions to current anti-bullying policies.

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