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The state House of Representatives passed H229, An Act Establishing a Primary Seat Belt Law, 77-74 yesterday. This bill would allow law enforcement officers to stop a car based solely on lack of seatbelt use, whereas the current law requires a separate offense to merit a stop. According to the Boston Globe, the measure has had the most difficulty in the House, and is now expected to be passed by the Senate and ultimately signed by the Governor.

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