(April 26) – Three Democratic-sponsored bills to increase school safety and security moved forward in the House today.

SB18-158, sponsored by Speaker Crisanta Duran and Rep. Marc Catlin, R-Montrose, would invest in technology to allow for seamless communications between schools and first responders.

“When there’s a life-threatening situation at one of our schools, every second counts,” said Speaker Duran, D-Denver. “This bill will help ensure that first responders are summoned quickly and are given the best available information.”

SB18-158 passed the House on a 46-18 vote and is being sent back to the Senate for consideration of House amendments.

Early today, two more school safety bills advanced through the House Education Committee.

HB18-1413, sponsored by Rep. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs, would establish a grant program to train school safety incident response teams.

“We want to give law enforcement specialized training for incidents in schools to keep our kids and educators safe,” Rep. Lee said.

HB18-1416, sponsored by Reps. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, and Terri Carver, R-Colorado Springs, would establish grants for schools to develop student suicide prevention policies and training programs.

“We think this is a piece of the puzzle to address school security in Colorado,” Rep. McLachlan said. “It helps identify students who may need help, then provides that help.”

The vote on HB18-1413 was 11-1, and on HB18-1416 it was 11-0. Both bills were sent to the Appropriations Committee.

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