House Approves Mental Health Task Force Bill

(April 30) – A bill to strengthen the state’s mental health system and improve public safety passed the House today on a 35-29 vote.

HB13-1306, sponsored by Rep. Beth McCann (D-Denver), authorizes a task force to study issues surrounding the purchase and possession of firearms by those whose serious mental health issues, including severe substance abuse, make them potentially dangerous to themselves or others.

The bill, which was drafted with input from Republican representatives, makes no statutory change, though the task force could recommend such changes when it reports back to the legislature on or before Jan. 15, 2015.

“With input from a broad array of stakeholders, we’ll take the time to conduct a thorough examination of all the issues and come up with recommendations that preserve individual rights and protect the public,” Rep. McCann said.

The bill moves on to the Senate.

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