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March 13, 2003

ATLANTA -- A South Georgia lawmaker is trying once again to push legislation through the General Assembly to protect children. Senator Michael Meyer Von Bremen introduced the Child Endangerment Act on Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor's behalf. It defines criminal negligence as reckless disregard for child safety. For example, parents who leave a child in a hot car, or leave a loaded gun within reach of a child could be prosecuted.

"Those kids have no voice in Georgia, they can't vote, they are scared to speak out," Democratic Senator Michael Meyer von Bremen said "The only people who can protect them are senators and the house with this law."

The Child Endangerment Act has passed the senate Judiciary Committee. The full senate will likely take up debate when they reconvene. The bill passed the senate last year, but the house ended its session without a vote.

posted at 6:20 p.m. by dave.d'marko@walb.com