Proposed update to Tennessee car seat rules pulled back for debate

An effort to update Tennessee’s car seat rules that had been headed for Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature has been pulled back for renewed debate in the House over questions about whether it would increase the age that children would be required to ride in booster seats.

The House voted 64-26 to recall the bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. John Ray Clemmons of Nashville that easily passed both chambers earlier in the week.

At issue is whether children need to ride in booster seats until age 8 or age 12.

Clemmons argues that the 12-year-old rule is already in state law unless children are taller than 4-foot-9.

But House Republicans argued the most common interpretation by law enforcement and the public is that the booster seat requirement ends at age 8.

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