Colorado school safety committee produces 5 bills

Posted at 12:23 PM, Nov 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-03 14:23:31-05

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado legislative committee formed in the wake of a fatal shooting at a Denver suburb school has proposed five bills that legislators hope will make schools safer.

The Denver Post reports the interim committee didn't introduce any bills on controversial topics, such as gun control or arming teachers, during its work following the May 7 attack on STEM School Highlands Ranch.

Police, teachers and others told committee members that Colorado has good programs to prevent violence, but they aren't used consistently statewide. Lawmakers also expressed concern about gaps and duplication in the state's school safety programs.

The committee's draft bills approved last week for consideration by the 2020 Legislature include bills that would reorganize the Safe2Tell anonymous tip system and create a working group to continue studying school safety.