- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A bill to increase the number of Kentucky children required to use vehicle booster seats has cleared its first hurdle in the General Assembly.

The measure won approval from the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

State law now requires child safety seats for any youngsters under age 9 or under 50 inches in height.

The bill would broaden the height range to include youngsters up to 59 inches.

The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Rep. Keith Hall of Phelps, says 32 other states have similar laws, including all of Kentucky’s neighbors.

The measure cleared the committee on an 18-5 vote.

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The legislation is House Bill 199.