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School Violence Liability Bill Clears State Senate

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's Senate gave final approval Wednesday to a bill to make public schools legally liable for student safety - a response to recent school shootings.

The bill passed 25-9 and now heads to the House.

If the bill becomes law, Colorado would be among the only states to give express permission for victims to sue schools for negligence. Colorado currently includes schools among government entities that can't be sued for negligence, a legal standard not all states follow.

Claire Davis
Claire Davis (credit: Davis Family)

The bill is named for Claire Davis, who was killed at Arapahoe High School in 2013. She was shot by a fellow student who then turned the gun on himself.

LINK: Senate Bill 213

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