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Wed June 29, 2011
Cyberbullying and election bills heads to Chafee
By CATHERINE WELCH
PROVIDENCE, RI – A pair of bills is heading to Governor Lincoln Chafee's desk: one combats cyberbullying, the other requires the polls to close an hour earlier.
The cyberbullying bill gives schools clear guidelines on how to respond to students who claim they're being bullied through email, text message or social media. The legislation also tells schools exactly how to notify parents of cyber-bullying, and it bans students from logging on to social networking sights during school hours.
The other bill heading to Governor Chafee closes polling places across the state at 8:00 pm instead of the current 9:00 pm. This brings Rhode Island in line with the rest of New England.
The legislation also calls for the polls to open at 7:00 am on Election Day, with the exception of Block Island, Hopkinton, Westerly, Richmond and Little Compton. Those places have later openings for certain elections.
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