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House panel guts anti-bullying proposal

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BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge lawmaker has pulled her anti-bullying proposal after the House Education Committee gutted it, taking out any reference to the type of activity that would be banned.

The proposal has become an annual flashpoint over the rights of gay students, and both the Jindal administration and the conservative Louisiana Family Forum opposed the bill by Rep. Patricia Smith in its original form.

Smith, a Democrat, proposed to spell out that harassment and intimidation would not be allowed for race, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and other items.

Opponents say the list would create favored and protected classes of people.

The committee stripped the list in a 10-5 vote, so Smith shelved the bill.

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