- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Republican dominated Legislature can’t agree on a budget, but lawmakers did come together on a bill to let rural letter carriers ride around without seat belts.

The House passed the bill Wednesday on an 88-28 vote. It now goes to Gov. Rick Scott.

The bill (SB 160) allows U.S. Postal Service letter carriers to forego seat belts while on the job and on a designated delivery route. Florida law requires all other drivers wear them.

Democratic Rep. Irv Slosberg vehemently opposed the bill. Slosberg is the lawmaker who led the effort to make seat belt use mandatory.

Before Wednesday, the Legislature had sent only 26 bills to the governor, many of which are inconsequential.

Meanwhile, lawmakers are unlikely to approve a budget before their session ends next week.

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