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Stack Bill to Boost Child Protection Passes Committee

Trenton – Legislation sponsored by Senator Brian Stack, which would strengthen the child-protections window guard law, passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

“This bill was born out of the tragic death of a young child falling out of a window that was not protected with a window guard,” said Senator Stack (D-Hudson). “Greater protections for tenants, especially small children, are clearly necessary. This legislation will boost those protections in order to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future.”

The bill, S-4109, would require landlords to provide, install and maintain window guards in any unit of a dwelling, in which a child ten years of age or younger resides. This would still apply even if a child ten years of age or younger does not reside in the apartment. Window guards would also be required on the windows in public halls of multiple dwelling where any children of such age reside or are regularly present.

The bill was released from committee by a vote of 12-0.