Bipartisan Group Passes Legislation to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

DENVER, Colo. - A bipartisan group of Republican and Democratic Senators voted unanimously today to pass legislation to help prevent child sexual abuse.

Senate Bill 15-020 by Senator Linda Newell (D-Littleton) received support in the Senate Education Committee from every Republican Senator and passed on a 9-0 vote. 

"One of our most sacred duties is protecting our children from danger and this legislation is an important step forward in protecting the next generation of Coloradans," said Senate Education Committee Chairman Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs). "I’m proud to join with my Democratic colleagues to pass this legislation and look forward to working with them on a range of other important education issues throughout the legislative session." 

Senator Laura Woods (R-Arvada), a member of the Senate Education Committee, added, "Coloradans expect their elected officials to work together to solve problems facing our state and today was a great example of both sides working together towards a common goal. Young Coloradans are the most vital resource of our state and it should be our top priority to protect them from the dangers of sexual predators. I’m proud to have worked with Senator Newell on amending this bill and look forward to voting for it on the Senate floor." 

Senate Bill 15-020 expands the School Safety Resource Center’s current duties to include providing materials and training to personnel in school districts and charter schools, to parents, and to students, regarding the awareness and prevention of child sexual abuse and assault. 

The bill will now be sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.

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