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Texting Ban Moves to House Floor

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A bill that would ban texting while driving in Texas is scheduled to be heard on the House floor today.

The bill, filed by state Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland), would make it a misdemeanor to text behind the wheel – with a fine of $100 for the first offense and $200 after that.

The House bill has bipartisan support and there’s an identical measure in the Texas Senate. But last legislative session, Gov. Rick Perry vetoed a ban on texting while driving. He’s called it government micromanagement.

Texas is one of eleven states that doesn’t have a ban. But many Texas cities – including Austin – do.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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