A South Dakota House committee rejected the proposed texting for teens while driving ban on Wednesday. The House voted 33-30 to kill it.
But Bernie Hunhoff, the Democratic leader from Yankton, is saying on his Facebook page that the bill will rise again on Thursday. Here’s what he wrote:
“A teen texting ban failed by 3 votes, 33-30. Rep. Gibson moved to reconsider. When the 7 missing legislators are here, it looks like it will pass … probably tomorrow. The absent seven were at a special budget meeting. It will be a secondary ban, meaning officers can’t write a citation unless they stop the teen for another reason.”
Meanwhile, a total ban on texting and driving for everyone, which was sponsored by state Sen. Mike Vehle, R-Mitchell, and the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, died in committee.
The Judiciary Committee bounced it 8-5 Wednesday, even though Janean Christensen, the widow of a man killed by a Mitchell driver who was reading a text in 2010, was there to support the bill. It was, by all accounts, a very emotional event.
The session is winding down, and the drama is winding up. A final decision on texting behind the wheel is not yet set.