Oklahoma Capitol: Attempts to ban texting while driving reach dead end

Oklahoma House Democrats say they have exhausted their last attempts to get a measure passed this year that would outlaw texting while driving.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: April 24, 2013

“So now, since we've exhausted our remedies, I'm looking at you, I'm asking you for help,” he told House Republicans. “You can change it. Those of you in the majority caucus can change this process.”

McDaniel, D-Smithville, said GOP House leaders didn't want the ban on texting while driving. Republicans outnumber Democrats 72-29 in the House.

House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, who has voted against similar legislation in the past, has said he didn't support this year's legislation either.

House Democrats said public opinion largely favors a ban on texting while driving.

“Thirty-nine other states have already outlawed texting while driving,” Inman said.

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