DENVER (AP) – Legislation to make Colorado public schools legally liable for student safety has been approved by the state House after an emotional debate.

The bill has already cleared the Senate and appears likely to head to the governor’s desk.

If the bill becomes law, Colorado would be among the few states to give express permission for victims to sue schools for negligence.

The bill is named for Claire Davis, who was killed at Arapahoe High School in 2013. She was shot by a fellow student who then turned the gun on himself.

Lawsuits would be limited to $350,000 per victim or $900,000 per incident.

One more formal House vote is required. The Senate version is slightly different, so lawmakers will have to reconcile differences.

LINK: Senate Bill 213

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