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Parents liable for damage caused by kids, senators say

The Senate voted 27-1 Friday to approve a bill that could make parents financially responsible for damage caused by their children.

SB116, sponsored by Sen. Pete Suazo, D-Salt Lake City, permits courts to fine parents or legal guardians up to $2,000 for damage or loss caused by the wrongful conduct of a minor.The court, however, must determine that the adult failed to make "a reasonable effort" to prevent the behavior.