Texting While Driving Ban Stalls in Senate

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A bill that would ban Alabama drivers
from typing or sending text messages while driving has been stalled
in a Senate committee for more than a month.

The proposed legislation by Republican Rep. Jim McClendon of
Springville passed the House 95-3 in January. But it hasn't made
moved forward since then.

In a survey before the session, 84 percent of House members
responding said they support the bill, while 79 percent of senators
backed it.

McClendon said he's optimistic the bill can get a favorable vote
in the Senate Judiciary Committee before the session ends in
mid-April.

If the bill passes, Alabama would become the 20th state to ban
texting while driving.

Some legislators say a texting ban would be hard to enforce.


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