To prevent parents from being arrested for simply letting their kids play or walk outside in these safe times, as some parents have been, Utah is considering what they're calling (yay!) the "Free-Range Kids Bill."
To become law it must pass the Senate committee where it was introduced by Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, then then senate itself, then a House committee, then the House and of course the Governor must sign in. But yesterday it passed its first hurdle -- unanimously!
As Fox 13 Salt Lake City reports:
A bill that makes it no longer a crime for parents to let their children walk home alone from school or play outside alone has passed a Utah Senate committee.
Senate Bill 65, sponsored by Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan, modifies child neglect law in Utah to allow for so-called "free range kids."
"As a society, we’ve kind of erred as our pendulum has swung for children’s safety a little bit too much to the side of helicopter parenting, right? We want kids to be able to learn how to navigate the world so when they’re adults they’re fully prepared to handle things on their own," Sen. Fillmore told FOX 13 in an interview.
"Free range kids" and "free range parenting" is a pushback on the concept that children are constantly in danger.
Happily, cops bearing down on decent parents has not been a big issue in Utah. But the fear that someone calling 911 when they see a kid outside, thus prompting an investigation, is something no parent should have to worry about.