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LEAVING A CHILD UNATTENDED IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

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2011 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Benjamin M. McAdams

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House Sponsor: Lee B. Perry

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends the Utah Criminal Code by making it a class C misdemeanor to leave
             10      a child unattended in an enclosed compartment of a motor vehicle.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    defines terms;
             14          .    makes it a class C misdemeanor for a person who is responsible for a child under
             15      nine years of age to intentionally, recklessly, knowingly, or with criminal negligence
             16      leave a child in an enclosed compartment of a motor vehicle if:
             17              .    the motor vehicle is on public property or private property that is open to the
             18      general public;
             19              .    the child is not supervised by a person who is at least nine years old; and
             20              .    the conditions present a risk to the child of hyperthermia, hypothermia, or
             21      dehydration;
             22          .    provides that this bill does not apply if the person's conduct that constitutes a
             23      violation of this bill is subject to a greater penalty under another provision of state
             24      law;
             25          .    preempts enforcement of a local law or ordinance that makes it an infraction or a
             26      criminal offense to engage in the conduct that constitutes a misdemeanor under this
             27      bill;
             28          .    provides that, notwithstanding any provision of state law to the contrary, a
             29      conviction under this bill may not be used by a state or local government entity as


             30      grounds for revoking, refusing to grant, or refusing to renew, a license or permit, including a
             31      license or permit relating to the provision of day care or child care.
             32      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             33          None
             34      Other Special Clauses:
             35          None
             36      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             37      ENACTS:
             38          76-10-2202, Utah Code Annotated 1953
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             40      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             41          Section 1. Section 76-10-2202 is enacted to read:
             42          76-10-2202. Leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle.
             43          (1) As used in this section:
             44          (a) "Child" means a person who is younger than nine years old.
             45          (b) "Enclosed compartment" means any enclosed area of a motor vehicle, including the
             46      passenger compartment, regardless of whether a door, window, or hatch is left open.
             47          (c) "Motor vehicle" means an automobile, truck, truck tractor, bus, or any other
             48      self-propelled vehicle.
             49          (2) A person who is responsible for a child is guilty of a class C misdemeanor if:
             50          (a) the person intentionally, recklessly, knowingly, or with criminal negligence leaves
             51      the child in an enclosed compartment of a motor vehicle;
             52          (b) the motor vehicle is on:
             53          (i) public property; or
             54          (ii) private property that is open to the general public;
             55          (c) the child is not supervised by a person who is at least nine years old; and
             56          (d) the conditions present a risk to the child of:
             57          (i) hyperthermia;


             58          (ii) hypothermia; or
             59          (iii) dehydration.
             60          (3) This section does not apply if the person's conduct that constitutes a violation of
             61      this section is subject to a greater penalty under another provision of state law.
             62          (4) This section preempts enforcement of a local law or ordinance that makes it an
             63      infraction or a criminal offense to engage in the conduct that constitutes a misdemeanor under
             64      this section.
             65          (5) Notwithstanding any provision of state law to the contrary, a conviction under this
             66      section may not be used by a state or local government entity as grounds for revoking, refusing
             67      to grant, or refusing to renew, a license or permit, including a license or permit relating to the
             68      provision of day care or child care.


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