Pennsylvania senator renews kids in hot cars bill

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A Pennsylvania senator has brought back legislation that would allow people to break into a locked car to save an unattended child.

State Sen. Tom Killion (R-Chester, Delaware) said his proposal, Senate Bill 49, would extend Good Samaritan civil liability protections when someone breaks a window or forcibly enters a vehicle.

The measure is designed to reduce heatstroke deaths when children are left alone in cars during hot weather.

Killion said 19 states already have laws to protect people when they enter a locked car to save children from heatstroke. He said the laws have helped save lives in other states, and it’s time for them to be enacted in Pennsylvania.

He said at least 49 children died from vehicular heatstroke in the United States last year.

Killion’s bill unanimously passed the Senate during the last legislative session but did not get a vote in the House.

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