- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A measure aiming to prevent child sex abuse by creating an awareness program in Utah schools has advanced in the state Legislature.

The Senate Wednesday voted 20-8 to approve the measure that has the backing of former kidnapping and sexual assault victim Elizabeth Smart.

The proposal would let schools choose whether to teach students what to do if they are abused or made subject to inappropriate contact from adults.

Senators also made minor changes to the bill before approving it Wednesday.

Bill sponsor Salt Lake City Rep. Angela Romero says some Utah schools already have such a program.

The measure must be signed by the governor to become law.

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Online:

HB 286: https://1.usa.gov/NzHSuI

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