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Bills targeting suicide prevention up for Assembly approval

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly is moving to approve bills intended to prevent suicide in Wisconsin.

The bills up for adoption on Thursday came from the recommendations of a bipartisan task force set up by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to look at ways to prevent suicide.

Key proposals call for requiring schools to include contact information for suicide prevention hotlines on student identification cards; setting up a new suicide-prevention program within the state Department of Health Services; and providing more than $1 million in grants for schools and local governments for prevention programs.

Approval by the Assembly on Thursday would send the proposals to the state Senate, which isn’t expected to meet again until January.

Gov. Tony Evers would have to sign them into law before they would take effect.

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