Pasadena Now: Governor Brown Signs Area Senator's Suicide Prevention Legislation

Tuesday, September 18 2018

Governor Jerry Brown has signed a suicide prevention bill that seeks to amend the state’s Education Act and require schools to print suicide prevention hotlines on students’ identification cards.

SB 972, authored by Pasadena-area Senator Anthony Portantino, requires the printing of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Crisis Text Line, and a local suicide prevention hotline number, on the ID cards of students in public, charter, and private schools serving pupils in grades 7 to 12 and those in higher education.

“I would like to thank Governor Brown for signing SB 972 and his support on this important issue,” Portantino said in a statement. “As a father and a legislator, the safety of our children continues to be a priority. My hope is to foster an open dialogue about suicide and to help prevent these horrific tragedies. If one life can be saved through this bill then all of our efforts will have been worth it.”

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