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Mar 5, 2014 2:14 PM by David Randall

Lawmakers trying to expand duty to report threats

DENVER (AP) - Colorado mental health providers would get expanded authority to report threats to places like movie theaters and schools under a bill given initial approval in the state House.

The proposal is a response to the Aurora movie theater shooting. Currently, mental health professionals have a duty to report threats directed at specific persons. But Democratic Rep. Jovan Melton of Aurora says the law is unclear if the same duty applies when a threat is directed at a location.

Melton says the therapist treating James Holmes, the shooting suspect, may not have been able to say anything about a threat to the theater if Holmes had expressed his intent.

The House advanced the bill Wednesday with a voice vote. A final vote will send it to the Senate.

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