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Cell phone bill heads to negotiations

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 6, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
March 6, 2010 12:40 pm

The Senate has refused to go along with the House’s watered-down version of cell-phone restrictions for drivers.

The bill coming from back from the House bans phone use by young drivers and allows police to pull over drivers for text messaging – but not for making phone calls.

Sen. Tracey Eide told me just before the House vote she’d reluctantly go along despite wanting to keep cell phone handsets out of drivers’ hands altogether, but she and fellow senators decided to fight.

Now we’ll see if they can work out a deal before the end of the session, a tough task considering House Democrats said flat out they didn’t have the votes for what Eide wanted to do.

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