BURLINGTION – Supporters of the anti-bullying law are fighting back after a state organization set the law aside last week.
Sen. Loretta Weinberg, (D-37), Teaneck and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, (D-37), Englewood last week decried a decision by the Council on Local Mandates that struck down the law, and today Sen. Diane Allen, (R-7), Edgewater Park, added her protests to the cause.
She pledged to work with other lawmakers on a bipartisan solution, and said she has spoken with both Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney, (D-3), West Deptford, on the issue.
“The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act is absolutely the correct response to increased incidences of bullying in our schools,” Allen said in a release. The solution, she said, is to fix the bill, not throw it out.
Although the Council called the law an unfunded mandate, its backers claim there are no inherent costs and that free training of personnel can actually be accessed.