The top lawmaker in the Missouri House said he'll take action on a stalled suicide awareness bill after 41 Action News confronted him about why he hadn't put the bill up for a vote in the two months since it unanimously passed a bipartisan House committee.
House Speaker Todd Richardson first told us, "I intend to put the bill on the calendar."
When we pressed, he said, "It will go on the calendar this week."
Jason Flatt Act
"On legislation such as this, that is truly life saving, you know, I would expect there would've been more movement on it," said State Rep. Randy Dunn (D-Kansas City) who introduced the bill before this year's legislative session.
Law in 19 states
"Everyone recognized this is a very serious issue for our youth and this is a matter of life and death," Cathy Housh told 41 Action News.
Cathy Housh of Johnson County started pushing for the Jason Flatt Act on both sides of the state line after her teenage daughter, Cady, took her own life in 2014.
"What's it going to take to get the attention for Missouri?" Housh said. "It's disappointing and I know we've tried to reach out to the Speaker Todd Richardson."
Bills on calendar
Speaker Richardson has put other bills on the calendar about suicide awareness in schools, but they don't require schools to train teachers like the Jason Flatt Act.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call them at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
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