Texting-while-driving ban ready for Florida House floor

April 3, 2013 

TALLAHASSEE -- The House's version of a texting-while-driving ban is ready for a floor vote, and proponents are noting a change in tide with most Republicans voting to support it.

The Economic Affairs Committee approved HB 13 today, its final committee stop. The Senate's version, SB 52, needs to pass one more committee before it reaches the floor.

Today's House committee vote was near-unanimous with Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City, the only "no" because of his concerns about personal freedom. For the past several years, more widespread objections have kept similar legislation from moving forward.

Rep. Doug Holder, the Sarasoa Republican sponsoring the bill, called the ban long overdue.

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