The Michigan Capitol is shown at twilight Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, in Lansing, Mich. Lawmakers continue work on budget bills that deal with a $2.8 billion shortfall before an Oct. 1 deadline. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan lawmakers are looking to combat "cyberbullying" done through social media, texting and instant messaging.
Legislation approved earlier this week in a legislative committee and now pending on the Senate floor would make districts and charter schools define cyberbullying and include it in their anti-bullying policies. They also would have to begin reporting all bullying incidents to the state and come up with procedures to protect the confidentiality of those who report bullying.
The bill is designed to fill gaps in a 2011 law requiring school districts to have anti-bullying policies.
Advocates say there isn't much difference between physical bullying and growing incidents online.
One sticking point is over the bill's reporting requirement. School administrators say they already have to do too many reports to state or federal agencies.