|Posted:||December 23, 2014 05:28 PM|
|From:||Senator Robert M. Tomlinson|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Endangering the Welfare of a Child|
December 16, 2014
To: All Senators
From: Senator Robert M. Tomlinson
Subject: Endangering the Welfare of a Child
Please join me in co-sponsoring legislation which I am planning to reintroduce that would provide for stronger penalties for people who leave children unattended in vehicles by making it a third-degree felony to leave a child under age 13 in a motor vehicle without adult supervision. A third degree felony could result in a prison term of 3 ½ to 7 years and a fine of up to $15,000. Under current law, leaving a child unattended is a misdemeanor of the first degree, unless there is a pattern of endangerment and then a third degree felony could be charged.
I plan to reintroduce this legislation as a result of several unfortunate incidents in my district when adults left children unattended in cars at Parx Casino.
The information below indicates the prior session’s bill number and cosponsors.
SB 198 TOMLINSON, ERICKSON, WAUGH, WARD, TARTAGLIONE,
FONTANA, BREWSTER, FARNESE, WASHINGTON, RAFFERTY AND ALLOWAY
Introduced as SB406