DENVER - Colorado lawmakers are advancing a bill to make schools liable for shootings and violence.
A bill that won approval 4-1 in its first test Monday in a state Senate committee is a response to heartbreaking school shootings. Among the bill's main supporters are the parents of a Claire Davis who was killed in 2013 at Arapahoe High School.
The bill waives the state's governmental immunity at public schools and allows victims or their relatives to collect up to $350,000 for violence "when the harm is reasonably foreseeable."
Claire Davis' parents fought tears Monday and asked for more school accountability. The family is backing and supporting the bill, however they reached an agreement in early April with Littleton Public Schools in their case.
Governmental immunity guidelines vary by state. But Colorado's proposal appears to be a novel approach of setting special standards for schools.
The bill has the support of the leadership in both Colorado legislative chambers and is expected to pass.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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