Teen inaction in Florida drowning spurs Arizona law proposal

PHOENIX — Inaction by a group of Florida teenagers who videotaped a man’s drowning rather than calling for help has prompted legislation in the Arizona Senate.

 

Republican Sen. John Kavanagh’s proposal would make it a misdemeanor not to report a life-threatening emergency. He calls it a statement of the state’s ethics and morality but acknowledged it would be exceedingly difficult to enforce,

A Senate committee advanced the measure Thursday on a 4-3 vote with only Republicans backing it. GOP Sen. Bob Worsley says he doesn’t think the incident shows a breakdown of social morality that deserves a new law and he’ll likely vote no in the full Senate.

The bill was prompted by a July incident in Cocoa, Florida, where five teens ages 14 to 16 laughed as they filmed the drowning.

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