Bill

HB 448

86(R) - 2019
House Transportation
House Transportation
Transportation & Infrastructure

Vote Recommendation

No
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Negative

Author(s)

Chris Turner

Bill Caption

Relating to the creation of an offense for failing to secure certain children in a rear-facing child passenger safety seat system.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.


Bill Analysis

HB 448 would create an offense for driving with a child younger than two who is not secured in a rear-facing safety seat unless the child is taller than three feet, four inches or weighs more than 40 pounds.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action opposes HB 448 for violating the principles of limited government and individual liberty. While recognizing the good intentions of this bill, the offense it creates goes beyond already existing offenses which require use of a safety seat for a child younger than 8. This bill takes a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach that fails to take into account the varying types and sizes of vehicles and the people who occupy them. The decision about when to turn a child's car seat from rear-facing to forward-facing is and should remain entirely at the discretion of the child's parents.