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Minnesota panel drops booster seat rule after Pawlenty objects

Associated Press

ST. PAUL — The sponsors of a transportation policy bill have dropped a booster seat requirement for children ages 4 to 8 to accommodate Governor Tim Pawlenty.

A House-Senate negotiating panel convened briefly to strip out the requirement and add a provision that would prevent tickets for speeding up to 5 miles an hour in a 60-mile-an-hour zone from going on a driver’s permanent record.

Pawlenty has objected to the booster seat requirement several times. He called the provision "legislative overreach" in a letter to the negotiators.

Representative Terry Morrow (MOHR’-oh) says he doesn’t expect to get any more letters now that the panel changed the bill.

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Instead, he says he expects the bill to pass both houses and be signed into law by Pawlenty.

The governor was noncommittal immediately after the vote, saying he hadn’t personally seen the changes.

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