Iowa Lawmaker Kills Window-Safety Bill

A House Judiciary Committee chairman has blocked legislation that would put tougher safety restrictions on windows in new buildings to prevent children from falling out.

The Senate had approved the bill, which was passed by a House subcommittee Monday, but Republican Rep. Chip Baltimore of Boone announced Wednesday he wouldn't let the full Judiciary Committee take up the proposal.

The bill would have modified safety requirements so windows installed in new or renovated multifamily dwellings, hotels and motels had to adopt window fall prevention devices meeting industry guidelines.

In a statement Wednesday, Baltimore says he hadn't seen sufficient data proving the bill would be the way to prevent such accidents.

The bill stemmed from a 2011 incident in which 4-year-old Hannah Geneser died after falling out a third-story window.


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