"As a handful of lawmakers began efforts Wednesday to resolve differences in hands-free driving safety bills passed by the House and Senate, they papered over past failures to get similar legislation over the finish line.
Rep. William Straus, House chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation, described the “legislative history” of the push — branches advancing bills but never agreeing on a final bill — as “secondary at this point” now that conference committee negotiators face the task of producing compromise legislation to effectively ban the use of cellphones and other handheld electronic devices behind the wheel.
“We have stars aligned in terms of both chambers, leadership of both chambers and the governor himself who have all indicated a desire to deal with hands-free,” Straus said Wednesday as the conference committee began its first meeting in the Senate Reading Room.
The six lawmakers tapped as negotiators — Straus, Reps. Joseph Wagner and Tim Whelan, and Sens. Joseph Boncore, William Brownsberger, and Dean Tran — kept the meeting open to the public for less than five minutes before voting to continue the discussions in private, a common move for conference committees."
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The text for the House version is found
The text for the Senate version is found
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