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2019 House Bill 4181: Increase penalties for texting while driving and more
Introduced by Rep. Mari Manoogian (D) on February 13, 2019
To prohibit the use of a "mobile electronic device" including a cell phone while driving, except for speaking on a hands-free or voice-activated cell phone. The bill would authorize a penalty of up to 16 hours of community service for texting-while-driving, and 24 hours for a second offense. The bill would also increase fines, increase license penalty points authorize license suspensions for three or more violations within three years, ban driving with headphones or ear-buds, ban recording, watching or sending a video while driving, ban interacting on social media while driving and more.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Transportation Committee on February 13, 2019
Reported in the House on May 2, 2019
To refer to the Committee on Ways and Means with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted, which only bans the use of cell phones by minors while driving.
Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on May 2, 2019
Reported in the House on December 5, 2019
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 87 to 21 in the House on December 11, 2019.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To ban the use of a cell phone while driving by an individual less than age 18, including a hands-free phone.
Received in the Senate on January 8, 2020
Referred to the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on January 8, 2020

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