Salt Lake City, Utah-- A 'free-range parenting' bill will soon become law in Utah, allowing kids to do things on their own to foster self-sufficiency.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced that he signed the bill Friday and said it isn't neglectful toward children.
He said it's okay to let kids do things like travel to school, play on a playground or stay in the car alone.
This is the first law of it's kind in the United States and will go into effect on May eighth.
Utah lawmakers said they wanted to pass the law because they saw other states where parents were investigated for letting their kids play in their yard or walk to school alone.
Lawmakers say allowing kids to do things alone helps prepare them for their future, but some people are concerned the law could be used as defenses in child abuse cases.
The law says children have to be mature enough to do things on their own and leaves the age open ended so police can work on a case-by-case basis.
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