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NH Senate ups child restraint requirements

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Senate is taking steps to bring the state in line with national best practices for the use of child restraints in motor vehicles.

The Senate voted Thursday on a bill that would raise the age and height requirement for children who would need to be placed in child safety seats. The proposal calls for children aged 7 and younger or 57 inches tall and under to ride in safety seats. Currently the requirement is for those younger than 5 or shorter than 55 inches.

A similar bill passed the House with the same height requirement but the cut-off age at 6. Proponents of the change say it's good public health policy, but opponents say it limits parents' ability to raise their children as they see fit.

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