The state Senate on Thursday unanimously passed two bills aimed at making the school environment healthier and safer for students:

The state Senate on Thursday unanimously passed two bills aimed at making the school environment healthier and safer for students:


- A school nutrition bill prohibits salty snacks, candy, soda, fried lunches and other unhealthy items from being sold in school stores, cafeterias and vending machines. It also encourages that lunches include fresh fruits and vegetables and that schools buy local produce, when possible.


- An anti-bullying measure defines and cracks down on bullying and cyberbullying, which is harassment using any electronic device or social networking tool. It requires schools to develop prevention plans by Dec. 31, as well as procedures for investigating incidents and determining disciplinary action. School principles must notify law enforcement if they have reason to believe criminal charges may be necessary for any incident.


The anti-bullying bill now goes to the House for debate. The nutrition bill already passed the House and now heads to Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk for signing.


Patriot Ledger writer Nancy Reardon may be reached at nreardon@ledger.com.