House to debate texting while driving ban for teens

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A bill that would ban teenage drivers from texting while driving may have life in the state Legislature. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A bill that would ban teenage drivers from texting while driving may have life in the state Legislature. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (AP) -

The Arizona House is planning to debate legislation banning texting or other cellphone use by drivers with only a learners permit or during the first six months teenagers have a regular license.

Wednesday's scheduled debate comes two days after Speaker J.D. Mesnard revived the legislation that had been held up by Rules Committee chairman Rep. Phil Lovas. Mesnard took over as chairman after Lovas resigned his seat last week to take a job with the Trump Administration.

Mesnard said Monday he expects the bill to pass. Senate Bill 1080, the proposal by Sen. Karen Fann, has already passed the Senate.

The Legislature has regularly rejected texting bans. Arizona is one of just four states without blanket bans on texting while driving. the state only bans texting message by school bus drivers.

[RELATED: Arizona texting while driving ban likely for teens only (Jan. 24, 2017)]

[RELATED: Texting and driving: Should Arizona ban it? (Feb. 4, 2016)

[PDF: Read SB 1080 (Senate engrossed version)]

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