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Blame Assessed In Failure Of Statewide Ban on Texting While Driving

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:12 PM CDT

Texas lawmakers are tackling redistricting in special session this week and the governor may add other items to their agenda.  But don't expect a statewide ban on texting while driving to come up.  That bill died in committee despite wide support.  But why?

The bill needed to thread a lot of needles to make it through the legislature and after passing the Texas House it died in the Senate Transportation Committee.  The bill's author, former House Speaker Tom Craddick of Midland, used an op-ed piece in the Waco Tribune-Herald to place blame.  He writes, “It appeared Chairman Robert Nichols of the Senate Transportation Committee thought he knew better for Texas when he refused to allow even a vote on this bill that would save lives."

For his part, Senator Nichols say we wasn't going to waste lawmakers’ time with a vote because the ban didn't have the support of the legislature or the governor.  Nichols tells the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, “You have a governor who vetoed it last time who has never given any indication that he wouldn't veto it this time."  He says "it's a lot of pain to put the members through for a likely veto."

But Craddick disagrees.  He says the governor's office had indicated to him that the governor would keep an open mind to the bill if it passed the legislature.  In any case, the statewide texting ban is dead for the session.    But Craddick says if he's reelected next year he'll be back in the 2015 session to try again.

Want to keep up with efforts to make our streets a No Text Zone?  Check out the No Text Zone section of our web site.

By Fred Cantu





Blame Assessed In Failure Of Statewide Ban on Texting While Driving

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