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Push to outlaw driving with hand-held cell phones fails in Louisiana House | Legislature

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A bid to ban hand-held cell phones while driving failed Tuesday in the Louisiana House.

The vote was 48-46, five short of the minimum 53 needed to send the measure to the Senate.

Last year a similar proposal sailed through the House 77-20 before failing in the Senate by one vote — 19-18.

Bills have to get at least 20 votes in the Senate to advance.

Rep. Mike Huval, R-Breaux Bridge, sponsor of the plan, repeatedly delayed a House vote in recent weeks after the bill emerged from a House committee.

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A renewed push to ban hand-held cell phones while driving cleared its first hurdle Monday when the Louisiana House Transportation Committee ap…

The bill was amended to try to make it palatable to opponents, including putting a five-year sunset on the proposal and saying violators could only be issued a citation, not arrested.

Backers called the proposed ban a safety measure in a state with an inordinate number of highway safety problems.

Opponents questioned how the new rules would enforced by law enforcement.



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