"It seems like there may be a little bit more interest over there this year," he said at the time.
Palumbo said Tuesday he's not sure why his seatbelt bill has failed to gain traction in the House.
"I think it's just the 'Mountaineers are always free' mentality -- government overreach," he said.
That is not Palumbo's aim, however. At least 30 other states have primary offense seatbelt laws. He said research shows safety belt usage can jump by as much as 10 percent when states enact such laws.
Now there may be a glimmer of hope.
Delegate Margaret Staggers, chairwoman of the House Roads and Transportation Committee, said the seatbelt bill already is on the committee's agenda for Wednesday afternoon.
"I think this is the year," she said.
Stagger said she thinks legislators are beginning to realize that laws might be necessary to get drivers to buckle up.
"We as humans tend to forget little things. Ford is proposing cars that won't start until you have your seatbelt on," she said. "I think we'll do it."