The bill would let teachers, resource officers and others ask a student questions about the student's suicidal thoughts, self-harming behavior, or thoughts of harming others.
Teachers still would be required to contact the student's parents or guardians.
HB23 also would allow schools to talk with other students in the wake of such a death what's called postvention something many schools now do not feel free to do.
"We need to do this to save children's lives," Eliason told the committee.
Greg Hudnall, executive director of the non-profit Hope4Utah, described the Provo School District's success preventing suicides by having schools intervene with troubled students.
The district, where he was associate superintendent until last spring, has not had a single suicide among the 14,000 students it has educated in the past eight years, he said.
Eighty students have been hospitalized and hundreds of others treated for depression and other mental health issues, Hudnall said.
"Those districts to the north and south have continued to have suicides," he said.
The Utah State Board of Education endorsed the bill, which now moves to the House.