Hannah's Law Stopped By One Legislator

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By Ellen Kurt

DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa family working to get Hannah's Law passed was told Wednesday morning that the bill will not advance this year.

I'm not putting it on the list, Judiciary Committee chair Chip Baltimore told the family on Wednesday.

Baltimore released a statement on Wednesday to KCCI about the bill:

"I sympathize with the Geneser family and understand their desire to see this bill move forward. At this time, however, we haven't seen data leading us to believe this particular bill is the best vehicle for preventing these terrible accidents from taking place. I am willing to continue to work with the family to determine the best course of action in the future."

Shanda and Jamie Geneser lost their daughter Hannah, 4, two years ago when she fell out a window.

The Genesers told their story again to lawmakers on the House Judiciary subcommittee on Monday and asked for their backing of the new law that would change safety requirements for window screens in new and remodeled residential buildings.

The couple said the new safety requirements help prevent accidents like the one that killed their daughter.

Screens required in most buildings in Iowa can hold up to about 13 pounds before they collapse, but the new requirements in the SF 381 bill would increase those requirements.

The subcommittee passed the bill on Monday, but Wednesday the Genesers said they were told by Baltimore that he would not add their bill to the list of bills to be debated by the committee.

If you think the bill should be debated you can contact Baltimore's office at chip.baltimore@legis.iowa.gov.
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