Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
FILE - Rep. Justin Fawson, R-North Ogden, listens SB50 debate during during the final night of the legislature at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers rejected a proposal Friday that would have required primary care doctors to take two hours of suicide prevention training.

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"Our physicians are the front lines of mental health right now, unfortunately," said Rep. Justin Fawson, R-North Ogden, the sponsor of HB87. "We don't have enough mental health providers in the state. That is a reality."

The bill, which the House voted down 42-27, would have allowed doctors to opt out of the training if they could show that had received suicide prevention training appropriate to their specialty.

Rep. Mike Kennedy, R-Alpine, said he has "deep reservations" about foisting more requirements on professionals of any kind.

"I believe that if professionals don’t have the skills, they should go out and get them," said Kennedy, a doctor.