Night net null Michael Vick, still trying to change how people perceive him, will introduce a bill at the Pennsylvania State House that advocates for
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Mike Vick becomes 'unlikely advocate' to introduce 'Pets in Cars' bill

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Mike Vick becomes 'unlikely advocate' to introduce 'Pets in Cars' bill

Night net null Michael Vick, still trying to change how people perceive him, will introduce a bill at the Pennsylvania State House that advocates for animal safety.The Steelers quarterback will travel from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg on Tuesday and use his status to make change, Yahoo! Sports reports. The piece of legislation he'll introduce is the "PA House Bill 1516," nicknamed the "Pets in Cars" bill. MORE: Night net players doing good | Honeybadger locks himself in hot carThe bill allows an official (such as police officer, firefighter or security guard) to remove pets from hazardous conditions in vehicles, such as "extreme heat" or an "unattended motor vehicle," meaning the vehicle is out of the operator's sight. Vick is using his voice to sponsor the bill."I was part of the problem. Now, I'm an unlikely advocate." he told Yahoo. "But I want to ask my fans to be advocates, too. I have five million fans on social media, and we can use those numbers to make real changes to the laws."When I was in Leavenworth (Penitentiary), I wanted to change everything about the direction of my life. There is no excuse for my past, but it would be even worse if I did nothing about it. I can reach people that most activists can’t reach."The past to which Vick refers is the 18 months he spent in prison for financing a dogfighting ring. Since then, he's worked hard to change his image. He's worked with the Humane Society of the United States and delivered speeches to schools and community groups about the mistakes he made. In 2009, he was given the Ed Block Courage Award in Philadelphia.Vick also went to Capitol Hill in 2011, when he supported legislation that would criminalize spectators and others who organize dogfighting. Vick talked about his past actions when he was brought on to be a backup in Pittsburgh earlier this year."You still have people who feel a certain type of way about what happ

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ened," he said in August. “But I think you have to look at the right I’m trying to do. You can’t take back what happened in the past. Everybody is different when they’re 20 than when they’re 35."

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