For the first time ever, the Minnesota House passed a bill that allows law enforcement to pull over a motorist for failing to wear their seat belt. The issue has created strange bedfellows over the year with civil libertarians teaming up in opposition to the bill with lawmakers worried about racial profiling. The bill is likely to be sent to Gov. Pawlenty since the Minnesota Senate has overwhelmingly voted for it in the past. Gov. Pawlenty told a safety awards group the other day that he would sign the bill.
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