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Oklahoma state Capitol briefs for Jan. 24

Oklahoma state Capitol briefs for Jan. 24
Modified: January 23, 2013 at 9:42 pm •  Published: January 24, 2013
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Johnson last year sought an interim study on medical marijuana, but the chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee declined her request, saying legalization of medical marijuana would be prohibited under federal law.

Bill would ban texting, driving

Legislation has been filed that would prohibit drivers from texting while their vehicles are in motion. House Bill 1503 by Rep. Curtis McDaniel, D-Smithville, would exempt texts to emergency response operators, medical providers, firefighters and law officers.

The penalty would not exceed $500. McDaniel said texting and driving is as dangerous or more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol. Changes in technology have created a texting culture which has decreased road safety, he said.

MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU