Kansas law protects those saving kids, animals in hot cars

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP/KAKE) -

A new Kansas law legally protects Good Samaritans who break into vehicles to save overheating children and animals.

The bill signed into law earlier this month states it would provide immunity from civil liability when a vehicle is damaged by a person trying to aid a "vulnerable person or domestic animal" in situations where there is "imminent danger of harm" and law enforcement has been notified.

Greg Smith of the Johnson County Sheriff's Department says the bill could cause confusion with its definitions of a vulnerable person and of signs of impairment.

Carla Lewis of the Kansas Animal Control Association says the bill could increase public awareness about the dangers of leaving a child or pet in a car during dangerously hot weather.

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Kansas lawmakers have passed a bill that would legally protect Good Samaritans who break into vehicles to save overheating children and animals.

The Senate unanimously approved the bill on Wednesday, sending it to Gov. Jeff Colyer's desk. The bill states it would provide immunity from civil liability when a vehicle is damaged by a person trying to aid a "vulnerable person or domestic animal" in situations where there is "imminent danger of harm" and law enforcement has been notified.

Read a copy of the bill here

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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