AUSTIN - After members of the Texas House tentatively approved legislation to ban texting while driving statewide, the House got a final vote Thursday.
House Bill 62 will now go to the Senate.
Texas is one of four states that do not have a statewide ban on texting and driving.
For years, the bill's author, state Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, has pushed legislation that would penalize drivers who use their phones on the road.
In 2015 and 2013, Craddick's proposal passed the House but died in the Senate. In 2011, it traveled through both chambers only to be vetoed by Gov. Rick Perry, who said it would “micromanage the behavior of adults.”
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