Bill to secure funding to Safe2Tell program passes first House committee

DENVER - A bill to secure the future of Safe2Tell, an online tip hotline originally developed as a response to the Columbine High School tragedy, cleared its first House committee Wednesday.

The Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to support SB14-002.

The bill moves the Safe2Tell program into the state Attorney General’s Office and gives it a funding stream. Currently the program is a privately operated nonprofit organization that depends on gifts, grants and donations.

Susan Payne, the executive director of the Safe2Tell, testified that the program had enabled interventions in many instances when a person had threatened suicide or violence in school.

“We owe it to our kids to do what we can to make their schools safe,” Speaker Ferrandino said. “Safe2Tell is proven to be effective in stopping school violence, including shootings, suicides and bullying.”

The bill sponsored in the House by Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) and Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso (R-Longmont) now heads to the Appropriations Committee.

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