barked down a bill that would have banned Fido and other pets from being in the lap of a driver while on the road, but the vote came only after
managed to nip at Republican presidential candidate
for once driving with the family dog on the roof of a car.
, D-Chicago, argued the proposal was a “common-sense approach” to cut down on distracted driving and to protect pets too.
He said the bill was suggested by a woman whose husband was driving with a dog on his lap and they were both injured in an accident.
Sandoval, chairman of the
Transportation Committee, said he is an “animal lover” but that “Fido or Kitty Cat” should not be in a driver’s lap when riding in a car.
, R-Mattoon, said constituents would question why the Senate is dealing with the issue while
faces numersou financial crises and “Rome is burning.”
, D-East Moline, immediately rose in response to the
, questioning whether the bill was prompted by a 1983 family trip in which Romney placed his dog Seamus in a crate “strapped” to the car’s roof.
“Where should we put the dog?” Jacobs asked.
The bill failed 21-27, with two lawmakers voting “present.”