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Good Samaritan Bill Moves Through Arizona Legislature

A Good Samaritan bill has unanimously passed the Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee. The measure would exempt a person who rescues a child or pet from a locked vehicle from civil liability.

"Every year, my dispatchers receive calls concerning dogs in hot cars, and we are left helpless to do anything," says Christopher West of Arizona Humane Society. "Because under current law, only a law-enforcement officer or an animal-control officer can actually enter the vehicle to remove the animal."

Another supporter of Republican Sen. John Kavanagh’s bill said Arizona ranks third, per capita, per year in number of children who die from vehicular death strokes. The bill now goes to the Senate Rules Committee.

KJZZ senior field correspondent Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.