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.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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