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Child car-seat bill squeaks through Senate

Here’s a news item from AP: “The Idaho Senate is making another run at closing loopholes allowing kids to ride unrestrained in automobiles. The chamber voted 19-15 to require kids to be restrained at all times when riding in a car. Sen. Joyce Broadsword, a Sagle Republican and longtime proponent of stricter laws governing child safety restraints, said unrestrained kids become “a loose cannonball in a car.” Idaho now allows kids being breastfed or otherwise cared for to be removed from restraints in a moving car. And if all seatbelts are in use, they can also go without. Idaho could qualify for enough federal money to buy about 7,000 child safety seats for low income families, if the loopholes are closed. But two years ago, a similar measure stalled in the House, after leaders refused it a hearing.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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