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Seat belt offenses as primary offenses

As the Legislature began its session, the use of seat belts by Minnesota drivers was under consideration. By law, if a driver doesn't wear a seat belt, he or she can't be stopped by police unless there is another violation. Under legislation being considered, not wearing a seat belt would be a "primary offense," in the same manner as speeding. Police officers would be allowed to stop and ticket drivers if they see them not wearing a seat belt.

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Senate approval
May 7, 2007 (SF1971)

The issue came before the Senate, meeting as the Committee of the Whole, and considering the transportation policy omnibus bill. Sen. David Tomassoni attempted to amend the provision out of the bill. The attempt failed on a 23-to-40 vote. The roll call below reflects the lawmaker's position on the issue. A lawmaker indicated as being "for" seat belt offenses as primary offenses voted "no" on Tomassoni's amendment.

Result: Passed

Legislator Party District Vote
Ellen R. Anderson DFL 66 FOR
Thomas M. Bakk DFL 06 AGAINST
Don Betzold DFL 51 AGAINST
Terri Bonoff DFL 43 FOR
Jim Carlson DFL 39 FOR
Satveer Chaudhary DFL 50 AGAINST
Tarryl Clark DFL 15 FOR
Richard J. Cohen DFL 64 FOR
Dick Day Republican 26 FOR
D. Scott Dibble DFL 60 FOR
Steve Dille Republican 18 FOR
John Doll DFL 40 AGAINST
Sharon Erickson Ropes DFL 31 FOR
Michelle L. Fischbach Republican 14 AGAINST
Leo T. Foley DFL 47 FOR
Dennis R. Frederickson Republican 21 FOR
Chris Gerlach Republican 37 AGAINST
Joe Gimse Republican 13 FOR
David Hann Republican 42 AGAINST
Linda Higgins DFL 58 FOR
Bill Ingebrigtsen Republican 11 FOR
Debbie J. Johnson Republican 49 FOR
Michael J. Jungbauer Republican 48 FOR
Amy Koch Republican 19 AGAINST
Paul E. Koering Republican 12 FOR
Gary W. Kubly DFL 20 FOR
Keith Langseth DFL 09 FOR
Dan Larson DFL 63 FOR
Ron Latz DFL 44 AGAINST
Tony Lourey DFL 08 FOR
Ann Lynch DFL 30 AGAINST
John Marty DFL 54 FOR
James P. Metzen DFL 39 AGAINST
Geoff Michel Republican 41 FOR
Mee Moua DFL 67 FOR
Steve Murphy DFL 28 FOR
Thomas M. Neuville Republican 25 FOR
Rick Olseen DFL 17 FOR
Gen Olson Republican 33 AGAINST
Mary Olson DFL 4 FOR
Julianne E. Ortman Republican 34 AGAINST
Pat Pariseau Republican 36 AGAINST
Lawrence J. Pogemiller DFL 59 FOR
Yvonne Prettner Solon DFL 07 FOR
Ann H. Rest DFL 45 FOR
Claire A. Robling Republican 35 FOR
Julie A. Rosen Republican 24 FOR
Sandy Rummel DFL 53 FOR
Kathy Saltzman DFL 56 FOR
Tom Saxhaug DFL 03 FOR
Linda Scheid DFL 46 AGAINST
David H. Senjem Republican 29 FOR
Kathy Sheran DFL 23 AGAINST
Katie Sieben DFL 57 FOR
Rod Skoe DFL 02 AGAINST
Dan Skogen DFL 10 AGAINST
Dan Sparks DFL 27 AGAINST
David J. Tomassoni DFL 05 AGAINST
Patricia Torres Ray DFL 62 FOR
Ray Vandeveer Republican 52 AGAINST
Jim Vickerman DFL 22 AGAINST
Betsy L. Wergin Republican 16 AGAINST
Charles W. Wiger DFL 55 FOR
House Transportation Finance Committee approval
January 24, 2007 (HF 106)

The House Transportation Finance Committee approved the bill on a divided voice vote. The committee action took less than an hour.

Result: Passed


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Seat belt law advancing at Capitol (01/24/2007)

Senate Judiciary Committee passage
January 18, 2007 (SF 16)

At the author's request, the bill was amended to create an effective date of June 9, 2007, increase the fine from $20 to $25, and designate how funds from the fine will be distributed. The bill was recommended to pass as amended and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Result: Passed

Senate Transportation Committee passes seat belt bill
January 11, 2007 (SF 16)

Under present law, Minnesota drivers cannot be stopped by law enforcement officials for not wearing a seatbelt. If they are stopped for another offense, and are not wearing a seat belt, they can be ticketed. Under the legislation, proposed by Senators Steve Murphy, Mee Moua, Leo Foley, Dave Senjem and Tarryl Clark, the seat belt infraction would become a "primary" offense. Police officers would be able to stop and ticket drivers for not wearing a seat belt.

Result: Passed

Legislator Party District Vote
Terri Bonoff DFL 43 FOR
Jim Carlson DFL 39 FOR
Dick Day Republican 26 FOR
D. Scott Dibble DFL 60 FOR
John Doll DFL 40 FOR
Michelle L. Fischbach Republican 14 FOR
Joe Gimse Republican 13 FOR
Michael J. Jungbauer Republican 48 FOR
Amy Koch Republican 19 FOR
Keith Langseth DFL 09 FOR
Dan Larson DFL 63 FOR
Mee Moua DFL 67 FOR
Steve Murphy DFL 28 FOR
Rick Olseen DFL 17 FOR
Gen Olson Republican 33 FOR
Julianne E. Ortman Republican 34 FOR
Ann H. Rest DFL 45 FOR
Kathy Saltzman DFL 56 FOR
Katie Sieben DFL 57 FOR
Rod Skoe DFL 02 FOR