March 15, 2017      4:15 PM
House gives preliminary approval bill prohibiting texting while driving
Members of the Freedom Caucus take aim at former Speaker Craddick’s cause, raising points of order nearly killing his bill
A statewide ban on texting while driving got initial
approval in the House Wednesday with a 113 to 32 vote, marking bill author Rep.
Tom Craddick’s fourth attempt to
make the bill law.
The proposal, House Bill 62, previously made it
out of the House in 2013 and 2015. In 2011 it passed out of both chambers, but
met its end when then Gov. Rick Perry vetoed the measure.
“It only pertains to texting and it sets a statewide
standard for texting…so your city or my city or whatever still would have their
individual city’s rights to do whatever they do and I’m not taking that away,”
By Eleanor Dearman