(April 2) – A pair of bipartisan bills by Rep. Janet Buckner, D-Aurora, addressing child safety issues passed the House today.

SB18-151, sponsored in the House by Reps. Buckner and Jim Wilson, R-Salida, requires the Department of Education to develop a bullying prevention policy as guidance for school districts around the state.

“I named this bill for Ashawnty Davis, a fifth grader from Aurora, who took her own life after being  bullied at school and online,” Rep. Buckner said. “Ensuring school districts have the resources they need to provide anti-bully training and preventative education should be a pillar of education policy in Colorado.”

It passed the House on a 40-24 vote but must go back to the Senate for consideration of House amendments.

SB18-162, also sponsored by Reps. Buckner and Wilson, passed the House 39-25. The bill, which creates a new licensing category for agencies that coordinate substitute child care workers, now goes to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk to be signed into law.

 

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