House panel OKs ‘kids in hot cars’ bill


A state House committee has approved legislation that says people can’t be held liable for any damage they cause when they force their way into a vehicle to rescue a child.

House Bill 279 was reported out of the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Rep. Karen Boback of (R-Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wyoming) says her proposal would provide civil immunity for any damage done to a vehicle when forceful entry is necessary.

The bill requires that people use no more force than necessary and have “good faith belief” that a child is in imminent danger of harm.

The person would first have to make a reasonable effort to locate the driver, and contact or attempt to contact police or firefighters.

Similar bills have been introduced in the past two legislative sessions.

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