Two bills aimed at curbing teen bullying and suicide passed the full Legislature on Wednesday.
The two houses agreed Wednesday on HB134, a bill that would require schools to notify parents of bullying and/or suicide threats. They also approved HB154, a bill to implement suicide prevention programs in Utah junior highs and high schools. That bill would also fund a suicide prevention coordinator at the State Office of Education and a state suicide prevention coordinator at the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. It would cost $178,000.
The bills are among a number that lawmakers have heard this year, amid increased attention on teen suicide and several high-profile cases in Utah.