Derek Quizon reports:
The debate over the “suicide bill” in the Virginia General Assembly had simmered by the time the measure passed by a margin of 97-1 in the House of Delegates last week.
The bill originally would have required officials at state colleges and universities to notify parents when a student exhibits suicidal tendencies or behavior.
The version approved by the House last Wednesday — given final approval in the Senate on Thursday — requires colleges to notify designated mental health professionals.
It’s a dramatic cutback of the original proposal, which raised concerns about privacy and clashes with federal law, which protects information on adult students.
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