Colorado lawmakers OK bill making schools liable for safety



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DENVER (AP) — Legislation to make Colorado public schools legally liable for student safety awaits the governor's signature.

The state House and Senate agreed Monday on final language in the bill to allow public schools to be sued for negligence in cases of school shootings or other violence.

Gov. John Hickenlooper has said he supports the bill, meaning it is likely to become law.

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.

Colorado is one of at least 33 states that limit monetary damages that may be recovered from judgments against the state, though lawmakers have waived or raised the caps in particular situations.

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