SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois lawmakers want tougher rules for using safety belts.
They've approved legislation that would require passengers in the back seats of cars and trucks to wear seatbelts.
The new requirement was approved by the Illinois Senate 30-23 Friday evening. It had already passed the House, so now it goes to the governor.
Some lawmakers consider it unnecessary government intrusion.
Senate President John Cullerton said a vote for back seat safety belts was a vote for saving lives.
In Illinois, 38 back seat passengers not wearing seatbelts died in 2009.
The bill is HB219.
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