Colorado House advances school violence liability bill



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DENVER (AP) — Legislation to make Colorado public schools legally liable for student safety advanced a House committee and is headed for debate by the full chamber.

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

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.

Lawsuits would be limited to $350,000 per victim or $900,000 per incident.

The House Judiciary Committee passed the measure on a 10-3 vote.

The bill has already passed the Senate.

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Online:

Senate Bill 213: http://bit.ly/1aSOGPm

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