Anti-Bullying, Concussion Bills Advance 

An anti-bullying bill that was set aside last year and a measure to prevent concussions in school activities are among the bills that won final passage in the final hours of Maine’s legislative session. Dozens of bills that had received legislative approval but were set aside because of their cost were voted on before lawmakers recessed last week. Those that were funded now await Gov. Paul LePage’s signature. The anti-bullying bill builds on existing law by providing a clear definition of bullying, an explicit prohibition on bullying behavior, alternative discipline strategies and teacher training on how to address and prevent bullying. The concussion bill, which drew support from the National Football League, requires schools to adopt and implement policies on management of concussive and other head injuries in school activities.