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School bullying bill up for a vote today in state Senate

All Wisconsin schools would have to create policies against bullying, under a bill that's up for a vote today in the state Senate.

The bill also would require schools to report all bullying incidents to the state government.

And the Department of Public Instruction would help schools in the effort, by giving them a model policy that school boards would have to adopt by next Aug. 15.

A panel of school, police, and community leaders came up with the proposals, in the name of improving school safety.

Also today, the Senate will consider a ban on text messaging for drivers under 18, making kids under 12 wear life jackets on boats 26-feet or longer, and adding podiatrists to the list of those who cannot be sued if they voluntarily help kids at school events including athletics.

Also, the state Assembly is scheduled to vote on a bill that does not require a food license for home canners who sell less than $5,000 of their products each year.

It's designed to cover those at farmers' markets and community festivals.