Lost in the glare of the regionalization bills the community has been working to defeat is another bill in the state legislature that should be passed. It is SB 806 and it seems preposterous that we need this bill, but we do.
SB 806 outlines not only what does constitute child neglect, but what does not amount to child neglect, and that’s the preposterous part. Co-sponsored by Wilton’s state Reps. Gail Lavielle and Tom O’Dea along with state Sen. Will Haskell, the bill outlines the following as not being child neglect:
- Independently traveling to and from school near to home.
- Traveling to and from commercial or recreational facilities close to home.
- Unsupervised outdoor play, provided a child is mature enough and physically capable to avoid the risk of physical harm.