Increasing requirements for booster seats moves to full House

02/11/2014 06:57 PM

For the second year in a row, a bill to expand the requirements for booster seats for children passed a House committee on Tuesday. The biggest difference this year is that Gov. Steve Beshear gave the issue a shout-out in his State of the Commonwealth address.

While the bill did have the majority of support on Tuesday, several Republicans passed on their votes or voted no.

Democratic Rep. Keith Hall’s bill would require children up to 9-years old and with a height between 40 and 57 inches tall to ride in booster seats.

Current law stipulates that any child under the age of 7 and between 40 and 50 inches tall must use a booster seat.

Hall told reporters after the meeting that he was working on an amendment which would delay the fines associated with implementing the bill so that Kentuckians could comply — and he could appeal to the full Senate.

Beshear endorsed the proposal during his State of the Commonwealth Address on Jan. 7.

But Sen. Damon Thayer, the Republican Senate Floor leader from Georgetown, said he didn’t see the need for another change to the booster seat law after the General Assembly just raised the requirements several years ago.

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