Lawmakers in the state House are set to take up anti-bullying legislation backed by Gov. Terry Branstad.
A House subcommittee is scheduled to debate the bill Tuesday. The legislation would strive to deal with so-called cyber-bullying by updating state guidelines for school districts to include bullying that occurs outside school on social media sites like Facebook.
Branstad convened a bullying prevention summit in Des Moines in November.
Last April, a 14-year-old boy from Primghar committed suicide following bullying at school and online after he told people he was gay. In June, a Mason City girl and her mother sued the Mason City school district, saying it did nothing to protect the teen from bullying.