NC anti-bullying bill up for a vote tomorrow
Matt Hill Comer liveblogged Wednesday’s proceedings in the NC House regarding H 1366, the School Violence Prevention Act, which would protect LGBT students against bullying (the bill’s text is here). It passed its second reading vote tonight. Matt has audio and a partial transcript.
For almost an hour on Wednesday evening, members of the North Carolina House of Representatives debated the School Violence Prevention Act, a bill which would prohibit bullying and provide further guidelines and regulations, including placing sexual orientation and gender-identity & expression in a list of those reasons why students are most vulnerable.
See the sponsors of the bill after the flip.
Sponsors of the School Violence Prevention Act:
Primary: Glazier; Fisher; Justice; Stiller; Co-Sponsors: Alexander; Allen; Bell; Blue; Bordsen; Bryant; Carney; Coates; Coleman; Cotham; Cunningham; Dickson; Earle; England; Farmer-Butterfield; Goforth; Goodwin; Grady; Hall; T. Harrell; Harrison; Howard; Insko; Jeffus; Johnson; Jones; Lucas; Luebke; Martin; Michaux; Mobley; Parmon; Pierce; Rapp; Ross; Tarleton; Underhill; Wainwright; Weiss; Wilkins; Womble; Wray; Wright; Yongue
Immediately after Rep. Rick Glazier, the bill?s main sponsor, presented the bill, Minority Leader Rep. Paul Stam proposed an amendment to strip out the protected categories, including sexual orientation and gender identity, from the bill.
After a debate that was at times moving, at times offensive, and at times just strange, the vote on the amendment was called. The result was a 58-58 tie, to which the Speaker added his no vote, defeating the amendment.
After still more passionate debate and a failed attempt to reconsider the amendment, the bill finally passed its ?second reading? 72-45, the first of two required votes to send the bill to the Senate. This is the first time in state history a major piece of pro-equality legislation has passed a vote in either chamber, but we?re not done yet.
The House?s final vote will be tomorrow, just in time to meet a critical legislative deadline. We?ll be working hard with our coalition partners to head off any mischief Rep. Stam and his cronies may attempt.
You can contact legislators at this link; the bible beaters are flooding offices with bigotry.