Unattended children in motor vehicles; penalty. (SB1466)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unattended children in motor vehicles; penalty. Provides that any person responsible for the care of a child who leaves an unattended child in a motor vehicle where (i) the child's health, safety, and well-being are at risk or (ii) the vehicle's engine is on or running is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill authorizes any law-enforcement officer who observes or is alerted to the existence of an unattended child to use whatever means are reasonably necessary to protect the child and defines "unattended child" as a child four years of age or younger who has been left in a motor vehicle by the person responsible for his care when such person is unable to continuously observe the child, unless a person 12 years of age or older is physically present in the motor vehicle with the child. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100849D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2019Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (11-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)

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