It now goes to the Senate.
Election funding passes
The House unanimously passed SB 342, which transfers $8 million to the governor's Civil Contingent Fund to use for the May and October special gubernatorial elections. The House made a technical wording adjustment, so the bill returns to the Senate for its OK before heading to the governor's office.
Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is a candidate in the gubernatorial race, and her office said Friday that should she win, the state constitution mandates she appoint a successor. Because there would be less than two years and six months left in her term (it ends in January 2013) the appointee would serve the remainder of the term; no special election would be needed.
Seat belt bill advances
The Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed, without discussion, SB 337, making failure to wear a seat belt a primary offense for which residents can get pulled over. It decreases the fine from up to $25 to a flat $15.
The bill goes next to the Senate Judiciary committee.
A similar House bill, 2062, is in be House Roads and Transportation committee. The major difference is that HB 2062 fixes the fine at a flat $25.
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