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House kills bill barring children from pickup truck beds

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The Alabama House of Representatives on Thursday balked at a proposal to prohibit people under the age of 19 from riding in the back of pickup trucks.
Representatives carried the bill over without a vote after about two hours of debate on Thursday.
Bill sponsor Rep. Kerry Rich says the practice is dangerous. The Albertville Republican introduced the bill after a fatal accident last year in north Alabama. Four people were killed when a pickup truck carrying more than 10 children flipped.
However, lawmakers from rural areas spoke against the bill.
An existing law requires anyone under the age of 15 to wear a seatbelt while they're riding in a vehicle.
Rich says it is likely too late to bring the bill back up this session.

 

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