State Representative Jason Villalba says too many children and pets are dying because they are left in vehicles in the extreme Texas heat.
Villalba has introduced a bill that aims to put an end to the deaths.
He says that while Texas has had a law concerning children left alone in vehicles, there was no law regarding domestic animals.
His bill will not only increase penalties for people who leave kids and pets in cars for longer than 7 minutes, it will also protect good Samaritans who break windows or doors in order to rescue them.
This year alone, 39 children died due to heat stroke as a result of being left in a hot car.