Colorado Bills Would Study School Violence, Allow Lawsuits

State News
DENVER (AP)  Colorado lawmakers are introducing bills to allow victims of school shootings to sue the school for damages and create a study committee to examine student violence.

The proposals being introduced in the Senate Friday are a response to the 2013 shooting death of Claire Davis, an Arapahoe High School student. But Colorado has been the site of other notorious school shootings, including the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School.

One bill would waive the state’s governmental immunity to allow lawsuits against schools. If passed, the law would apply retroactively to allow Davis’ parents to sue, but not victims of prior school shootings.

Another bill creates a legislative committee to study school violence. Such committees usually recommend legislation.

The bills have bipartisan support.

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