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Utah lawmakers OK bill legalizing free-range parenting

If you want to let your kids explore the neighborhood on their own, this bill will give you some peace of mind.

State Senator Lincoln Fillmore (R-South Jordan) wants to make sure parents don’t find themselves under investigation for allowing their kids to do things alone.

The bill would revise state law to say it isn’t neglect to let children do things like walk to school alone, explore a playground, or stay in their parents’ car if they are otherwise well cared for.

Fillmore says allowing kids to try things alone helps prepare them for the future.

A panel of lawmakers unanimously approved the proposal on Tuesday.

The bill now goes to the full Senate for a vote.