Saturday, March 23, 2002

Senate unlikely to hear tough seat-belt bill

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — A bill for a tougher seat-belt law, which passed the House by four votes, probably will get no further, a top Senate leader said Friday.

        “It's not likely that bill will be heard in this session,” Majority Leader Dan Kelly said.

        The bill would make a seat-belt violation a “primary offense,” meaning police could stop a motorist for that reason alone. Kentucky's current law permits a citation only if a motorist is stopped for an additional offense.

        The House passed the bill 51-47 on Monday. Mr. Kelly said the closeness of that vote was evidence of considerable division, and too little time remains in the General Assembly's session.

        Mr. Kelly and House Speaker Jody Richards said the clock might also run out on a tax-reform bill that the House budget committee approved Wednesday.


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