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Utah Legislation: FREE RANGE KIDS

First Ever Free Range Kids Bill Just Passed in Utah

A new law set to go into effect on May 8 2018 in Utah will be the first of its kind in America. SB 65 (Child Neglect Amendments) will change what the state of Utah recognizes as neglect to eliminate certain innocuous and natural activities such as children playing in their front yards, walking to school, and otherwise being children.

The law comes as a reaction to a growing movement of total control over families and children being exercised by the state and local governments, social “services” agencies, and schools. One such example is a Maryland couple whose children were held by police due to the alleged neglect of allowing them to walk home alone from a park

The law works by redefining the term “neglect,” pointing out that neglect does not include the following:

  • “permitting a child, whose basic needs are met and who is of sufficient age and maturity to avoid harm or unreasonable risk of harm, to engage in independent activities, including:
  • (A) traveling to and from school, including by walking, running, or bicycling;
  • (B) traveling to and from nearby commercial or recreational facilities;
  • (C) engaging in outdoor play;
  • (D) remaining in a vehicle unattended
  • (E) remaining at home unattended; or
  • (F) engaging in a similar independent activity.” READ MORE…