Sun., February 27, 2011 2:49pm (EST)

Bill Would Raise Car Booster Seat Age
By Melissa Stiers
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
One bill requires car booster seats for children up to age eight or under 40 pounds and 4 feet 9 inches tall.  (photo by Sean Dreilinger via flickr)
One bill requires car booster seats for children up to age eight or under 40 pounds and 4 feet 9 inches tall. (photo by Sean Dreilinger via flickr)
Georgia lawmakers are halfway through their 40 day session. A few measures affecting children are ready for a full house vote.

One bill would require car booster seats for children up to age 8 or under 40 pounds and 4 feet 9 inches tall.

The current law contains those measurements but waives them if a child is six years old.

Republican Representative Alan Powell of Hartwell, along the South Carolina border, is the bill’s sponsor.

"Children’s health organizations have asked us to raise this to the age of eight… and the reason why we’re doing this is believe it or not there are some children who are still below the weight of 40 pounds and not quite high enough," says Powell.

Powell says this would protect more children from getting hurt by seatbelts in a car crash.

Other measures house members will vote on... one that lets teachers administer a shot to students they suspect are going into anaphylactic shock—often caused by an allergic reaction.

Another bill would prohibit sex offenders from photographing children in public spaces.