Florida senators Thursday gave final approval to a bill that would provide legal protections to good Samaritans who break into locked cars to rescue animals and vulnerable people.
The Senate voted 38-0 to pass the bill (HB 131), a day after it also received unanimous approval in the House.
Sponsored by House Majority Leader Dana Young, R-Tampa, Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Coral Springs, and Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, the measure stems from situations such as pets, senior citizens and children being trapped in hot cars.
It would provide legal immunity for damage that rescuers might cause to vehicles while trying to help the animals or vulnerable people.
Rescuers also would have to call 911 before or immediately after breaking into vehicles and would have to stay until authorities arrive.