Senate again OKs good Samaritan bill for hot car rescues

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(Source: The Associated Press) (Source: The Associated Press)

Legislation providing lawsuit protections for people who break into a car to rescue a child or animal has passed the Arizona Senate for the second time.

The proposal by Republican Sen. John Kavanagh was approved in February but never got a House committee hearing. Kavanagh revived the measure as House Bill 2494 and it passed the Senate again on Wednesday. It now heads back to the House.

[READ MORE: New bill aims to reduce hot-car deaths]

Gov. Doug Ducey mentioned the proposal in January's state of the state address. He said good Samaritans who intercede to save a life shouldn't worry about being sued and he will sign the bill if it hits his desk.

Kavanagh says his bill has protections and requires a reasonable belief that there's real danger.

[RELATED: Valley man on a mission to end hot car deaths (March 16, 2017)]

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