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House Committee Kills Bill to Establish Statewide Child Safety Test

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An idea inspired in part by the disappearance of Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy has hit a road bump in the Virginia legislature. The proposal would help fund law enforcement, and establish the so-called "governor's child safety test" - eight hours of instruction per year to teach students how to identify and avoid dangerous situations.

A house subcommittee chose not to advance the bill Friday amid funding concerns - but child advocates say lawmakers are missing the point.

"We have a crisis situation in Virginia here, and it appears that Chairman Lingamfelter and his committee don't understand it, don't care, or are just not taking it very seriously," said Camille Cooper of PROTECT.

Parents and schools would be able to opt out of the program if they don't want their students involved.

A similar bill carried by Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds will go to a final vote in the Senate next week.

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