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    • Jonathan Nelson, 9, died in 2011 when a soccer goal fell on him. (Photo: THV 11 News)
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  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Thursday, House committee members unanimously pass the Bill known as "Jonathan's Law."

    "I'd like you to take a moment and place yourself in my shoes," says Nathan Nelson in tears. Nathan is Jonathan Nelson's father .

    Tear-jerking testimony Thursday as lawmakers clear the bill known as Jonathan's Law.

    "My son, Jonathan Nelson, or as I like to call him Gubbi Bear, was at school playing with his friends when an un-anchored goal fell on him," says Nelson.

    Nathan Nelson fought back tears as did lawmakers, prior to the unanimous vote.

    The bill's sponsor, Rep. Donna Hutchinson expects a similar vote in both the full house and senate.

    "We really do need it. We're behind the other countries that play soccer, and we need to catch up for the safety of our children," says Hutchinson.

    Among other safety guidlines, Jonathan's Law would require goals at schools and public recreation areas be anchored and secured.

    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, on average, a soccer goal kills one person every year.

    Thursday's vote comes as no surprise to fellow lawmakers like House Speaker Robert Moore, who found himself in similar shoes concerning his granddaughter.

    "She fell on it and the goal hit her in the head, so it was really a scary circumstance," says Moore.

    Lawmakers anticipate Jonathan's Law will go before the full House Friday. It's a day that can't come soon enough for Jonathan's family.

    "It's day to day. Only those that have been in our situation can understand," says Nelson.

    Jonathan Nelson died six weeks ago.

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