Legislation that would discourage “abusive and frivolous” lawsuits by school districts won approval Wednesday in the House. House Bill 2160, by Rep. Jason Nelson, would require school districts to pay students' and parents' court costs and attorney fees when they initiate civil action or proceedings against students or parents. Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, said such lawsuits are inappropriate because schools serve the public and should not be persecuting students and parents. HB 2160 passed 55-37. It now goes to the Senate.
MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU