Citing "Big Brother" intrusion into people's lives, the state Senate rejected pleas that it could "save 1,000 lives a year," and failed to muster enough votes to approve SB50, the Senate version of a mandatory seat-belt bill.
The vote was 19 to 18 in favor of the measure, with at least 21 needed for approval.
Sen. John Foran (D-San Francisco), the bill's author, won permission to have his bill reconsidered.
Foran's bill failed to win the support of the insurance industry and two of the bills co-authors ended up voting against it.
Sources said the defeat of the Senate bill could spell trouble for an seat-belt measure already passed in the Assembly and sent to the Senate. Foran chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, which will hear the Assembly bill. The committee earlier rejected a nearly identical bill.
How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Sen. Roberti (D) x Sen. Russell (R) x Sen. Torres (D) x
Air Bags and Belts
By a 46-29 vote, the Assembly approved AB27 by Assembly Speaker Willie Brown (D-San Francisco) which would require most motorists and their passengers to wear seat belts.