A bill to ban texting while driving passed a Senate committee on Thursday but may be stalled in the House, reports the News Service of Florida. The proposal, SB 416, would allows law enforcement officers to tack on a ticket for texting to motorists pulled over for other offensives driving offenses. Drivers would face a $30 fine (a second transgression will cost $60 and three points) under the measure that was approved 14-1 by a Senate transportation budget subcommittee with Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale voting against it. The bill faces a tough road in the House, where at least one key subcommittee chairman, Eucheeanna Republican Brad Drake, opposes a ban. Three House bills are bottled up in his committee.
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