By Associated Press - Thursday, December 28, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A state lawmaker says he’ll again propose legislation to make leaving children alone in a car a crime punishable by jail time.

Democratic Sen. Leonidas Raptakis, of Coventry, Rhode Island, says he plans to reintroduce a bill barring anyone from leaving a child under age 7 unattended in a motor vehicle for more than 15 minutes. He says his bill would make it a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to a year in jail.

Raptakis has introduced similar legislation in the past but it stalled due to opposition by parents.

Raptakis says child neglect and child endangerment are serious crimes, but there’s no law specifically barring people from leaving children alone in a car.

The General Assembly session is set to begin Tuesday.

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