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Bill making texting when driving main offense passes House

Apr. 23, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Texting while driving in Florida would become a primary traffic offense punishable by fines under legislation passed by the Florida House. The vote was 104-9 Tuesday for the bill, which now goes to the Senate where a similar bill is set for debate Wednesday. Under current law,...

E-cigarette ban on school grounds heads to governor's desk

Apr. 23, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine could explicitly ban electronic cigarettes on school grounds under a Democrat's bill that passed the House and Senate. Sen. Rebecca Millett's bill headed to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills' desk Tuesday. Maine's education department backed the legislation. Maine state law already...

Arizona joins 47 other states with cellphone-driving law

Apr. 22, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona ended a decade of resistance to restrictions on using a cellphone while driving when Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law Monday outlawing holding a phone behind the wheel. It is now the 48th state to ban texting and the 18th to ban hand-held phone use while driving, according to the...

Maine senator backs push to narrow "digital divide" in US

Apr. 21, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A group of U.S. senators including Maine independent Sen. Angus King is introducing legislation designed to narrow the "digital divide" in the U.S. King's office says in a statement the legislation would create a pair of $125 million grant programs focusing on projects that provide...

Big issues in dispute as Legislature approaches homestretch

Apr. 20, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes for the homestretch of the 2019 session on Tuesday, with no agreements yet on any of the big issues involving taxes and spending, while the deadline looms just four weeks away. Nevertheless, Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders from...

Video: Deputy slams high school student's head to the ground

Apr. 19, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff placed a deputy on restricted duty Friday after cellphone video showed the deputy banging the head of a pepper-sprayed teen against the ground. Deputy Christopher Krickovich was ordered to surrender his gun and badge until an investigation into Thursday's...

Arizona lawmakers OK ban on cellphone use while driving

Apr. 18, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The small list of states that allow either texting while driving or hand-held cellphone use is shrinking after the Arizona House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a cellphone use ban and sent it to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey for his expected signature. Arizona, Missouri and Montana had...

The Latest: House sends cellphone driving ban to governor

Apr. 18, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on proposals in the Arizona Legislature to ban cellphone use while driving (all times local): 1:25 p.m. A proposal banning the use of hand-held cellphones by drivers across Arizona is on the way to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's desk following a vote by the Arizona House. Thursday's...

McConnell proposes national minimum age of 21 for tobacco

Apr. 18, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationally, rating the health initiative as one of his top priorities. The Senate leader said his bill will cover all tobacco...

House to mull 3 bills aimed at cellphone use while driving

Apr. 17, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona House lawmakers will get to pick and choose among three proposed laws that are designed to deal with distracted driving caused by cellphone use, Speaker Rusty Bowers announced after a closed-door meeting Wednesday of majority Republicans. Bowers had held off on scheduling votes amid...