CONCORD — House and Senate negotiators reached a final agreement Wednesday and signed off on a compromise reconciling differing versions of bills governing how long children must be in car seats.
Under the conference committee report being sent back to the House and Senate for final approval before going to Gov. Maggie Hassan's desk, children must be in car seats until they reach the age of 7 or until they grow to 57 inches in height.
The new requirements would take effect on Jan. 1, 2014. Current penalties would remain unchanged — a $50 fine for a first offense and subsequent offenses.
State Rep. Michael O'Brien, D-Nashua, said the new requirement would move the state closer to federal guidelines, which, he said, recommend children remain in car seats until they reach the age of 8 or height of 57 inches.