senate Bill S7740

Signed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

Prohibits bullying and cyberbullying in public schools

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

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view actions (11)
Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jul 09, 2012 signed chap.102
delivered to governor
Jun 18, 2012 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.376
substituted for a10712
referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1301
Jun 15, 2012 referred to rules


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S7740 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 & 801-a, Ed L

S7740 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits bullying and cyberbullying in public schools.

S7740 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7740 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K

    S. 7740                                                 A. 10712

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                              June 15, 2012

IN  SENATE  --  Introduced  by  Sens.  SALAND, RANZENHOFER, KLEIN -- (at
  request of the Governor) -- read twice and ordered printed,  and  when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

IN  ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by COMMITTEE ON RULES -- (at request of M. of
  A. O'Donnell, Nolan) -- (at request of the Governor) -- read once  and
  referred to the Committee on Education

AN  ACT  to amend the education law, in relation to prohibiting bullying
  and cyberbullying in public schools


  Section  1. Legislative findings and intent. In recent years, New York
state has taken steps to ensure that school pupils, teachers  and  other
personnel  are  provided  with  a  safe and secure learning environment.
However, the legislature recognizes that egregious incidents of  harass-
ment, bullying and discrimination, both in person and through the use of
technology,  continue  to  disrupt  the  lives and education of students
across the state, and that bullying manifests in many  forms,  including
through the use of technology in what is often called cyberbullying.  In
today's  age  of  advanced technology, twenty-four hour connectivity and
social networking, students who are subjected to bullying, such  as  the
texting  or  posting  of  sexually  derogatory  comments via such social
networking sites or by other means,  have  no  reprieve.  Bullying  that
begins  in  school  follows  students  home  every  day, and has lasting
impacts on such students. Conversely, bullying through the use of  tech-
nology can begin away from school property.
  The  legislature  also  recognizes  that most cyberbullying originates
off-campus, but nonetheless affects the school environment and  disrupts
the  educational  process, impeding the ability of students to learn and
too often causing devastating effects on students' health  and  well-be-
  The legislature finds it is vital to protect all students from harass-
ment,  bullying,  cyberbullying  and  discrimination.   In expanding the
provisions of the Dignity for All Students Act, the legislature  intends

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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