Senate OKs bill for school crisis reporting app

Posted - Mar. 5, 2015 at 4:38 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Senate gave its final approval to a bill that would facilitate a smartphone application to better connect students with resources to deal with violence, harassment and suicide.

SB175, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City, passed its third Senate reading in a 22-3 vote Wednesday. The bill would remove sunset provisions for the School Safety Commission pilot program, appropriating $150,000 from the education fund to make the program ongoing.

The bill allows for licensure of a donated smartphone app for students to send reports of violence or harassment directly to their school resource officer. The app would also connect students who report potential suicides with a licensed social worker at the University of Utah's Neuropsychiatric Institute.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

— Morgan Jacobsen

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