Phillips-Hill applauds passage of bill aimed to prevent child heatstroke death in vehicles

HARRISBURG – The Senate of Pennsylvania approved bipartisan legislation that is aimed at saving lives by providing immunity to individuals who attempt to rescue children who have been left unattended in hot cars, according to Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).

Senate Bill 49 improves the Good Samaritan laws to include a person who breaks a window to forcibly enter a parked and locked vehicle in order to save a child’s life. The legislation received its number based on the number of children who passed away from vehicular heatstroke last year.

“This commonsense legislation is aimed at protecting children in harm’s way,” Phillips-Hill said. “I’m thankful to my friend and colleague, Senator Killion, for his thoughtful approach to an issue we see far too often in parking lots during the warmer months throughout the commonwealth.”

The legislation heads to the House of Representatives for its consideration.