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Apr 9, 2014 at 7:41 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has invited students, parents and teachers to join him when he signs a bill strengthening the state's anti-bullying law.

Dayton is scheduled to sign the bill Wednesday, the same day the Minnesota House voted to pass it. The Senate passed the legislation last week.

The bill requires school districts to track and investigate cases of bullying and directs schools to better train staff and teachers on how to prevent it. Current law requires school districts to have a bullying policy but doesn't include details on what the policy should contain.

St. Cloud GOP Representative Tama Theis voted against the bill,, as did all of her Republican colleagues. They say the bill creates a $25 million unfunded mandate for local school districts, and allows for sexuall graphic materials to be used to teach 10 year-olds about human sexuality.

Dayton plans to sign the bill on the steps of the state Capitol at 4 p.m.

Rep. Tama Theis comments on why she opposes the anti-bullying bill

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