Montana bill would require schools to set suicide prevention plans
HELENA — The Montana Senate has passed a bill that would require local school boards to establish policies and procedures for youth suicide prevention and response.
The bill, by Republican Rep. Dennis Lenz of Billings, passed on a 48-2 vote on Monday.
It returns to the House for approval of a Senate amendment that clarifies the bill does not impose a “specific duty of care,” that could be the subject of a lawsuit. The bill passed the House 87-12 in February.
Also Monday, the Montana House narrowly endorsed a measure that sought to create a grant program for schools to implement suicide prevention plans, but had the funding stripped out of it. The bill passed 52-47 on second reading. It faces a third-reading vote before it can move to the Senate.