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Suicide awareness training bill nears House vote

JUNEAU, Alaska — A proposal requiring Alaska teachers and school staff to receive training for suicide awareness and prevention cleared the House Finance Committee on Thursday.

Anchorage Democratic Sen. Betty Davis is the sponsor of Senate Bill 137. She says it would help more people realize a problem may exist.

Davis says teachers, counselors and school staff in many cases know children better than anyone and are in the best position to spot warning signs.

Education leaders support the bill.

The bill cleared the Senate unanimously in February and will be ready for a floor vote after clearing the Rules Committee.