The Kentucky House has passed a Senate measure requiring seat belts on vans carrying 15 or fewer passengers. The bill is intended to strengthen the Commonwealth's seat-belt laws two years after an Interstate 65 crash that claimed the lives of 11 people in a 15-passenger van. Democratic Representative Hubert Collins proposed the bill in the House. It would change the current law, which applies only to vans that carry 10 or fewer passengers. It passed in that chamber Tuesday.
A proposal to allow people to cast early votes in Tennessee without a photo ID has failed in the state House. The measure sponsored by Democratic House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh sets up a system for photographing voters at the polling place instead of requiring them to provide government-issued photo identification. The measure failed Tuesday in the House State and Local Government Committee by one vote. A separate measure seeking to do away with the state's new photo ID law altogether was delayed for a week.