Petition statement to be delivered to The Rhode Island State House, The Rhode Island State Senate, and Governor Gina Raimondo

Don't punish harmless parenting choices

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Don't punish harmless parenting choices

To be delivered to The Rhode Island State House, The Rhode Island State Senate, and Governor Gina Raimondo

Petition Statement

We oppose the Rhode Island bill that penalizes parents for leaving kids in a car (H5311 and S72). Families face many different situations and people have different parenting styles. The government should not be punishing parents over this.
There are currently 252 signatures. NEW goal - We need 300 signatures!

Petition Background

Almost all cases of leaving children in cars are harmless, and parents sometimes face situations where they reasonably determine that having the child remain in the car is safe enough. The Rhode Island bill, H5311 and S72, would make it a crime to leave a child under 7 in a car for over 5 minutes, even if the child was accompanied by a 13-year-old sibling. Penalties could include a $1000 fine or a 1-year jail sentence, even if the child was unharmed. This bill is too judgmental. Current Rhode Island law already says that police can issue a warning to parents in this situation, and that's better than having fines or criminal penalties for what are almost certainly harmless parenting choices.

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