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SD House Speaker proposes texting ban

Posted: Thursday, Feb 6th, 2014

PIERRE (AP) South Dakota House Speaker Brian Gosch on Wednesday proposed a statewide ban on texting while driving, but critics said his surprise move would replace much stronger bans already imposed by some cities.

Gosch initially introduced a bill that sought to prevent local governments from passing their own distracted driving ordinances, including texting bans. But at the measure's first hearing Wednesday, in a room filled with local officials upset with the prospect of losing control of their streets, Gosch changed the bill's language to ban texting while driving statewide.

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