AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers have given final passage to a bill to protect students from bullying in schools.

The bill nearly became law in 2011 but was sent back to the Education Committee at the last minute.

It requires the education commissioner to develop a model policy to address bullying and cyberbullying for use in Maine schools. A copy of the model policy must be sent to each school administrative unit in the state and posted on the publicly accessible portion of the department’s website, along with any training and instructional materials related to the policy.

In 2010, there were at least 14 suicides resulting from bullying nationally.

The bill faces further review in the Appropriations Committee and must be signed into law by the governor.