The state Senate voted Thursday to raise the age limit for children who must ride in car seats or boosters to 8 years old. Right now the age limit is 6. A similar bill has already passed the House now the two chambers must work out any differences between the two measures.
The passage of the Senate bill was good news for those in the child health industry, who supported it, though some senators were concerned about expanding government regulation. If the bill is signed into law, the measure is not expected to cost Georgia parents any extra money because parents subject to the requirement would already have booster seats.
Besides the age limit, the bill also calls for exceptions to using the car seats and boosters for children 4 feet 9 and taller or weighing 40 or more pounds.
To become law, both chambers will have to agree on and pass a final version, which must then be signed by the governor.