A sweeping measure that would ban texting and talking on hand-held cell phones goes before the 18-member S.C. House Education and Public Works Committee today at 2:30 p.m.
The measure, one of more than a dozen proposals in the House and Senate, is the first one to reach a full committee.
Today's hearing thus offers the first chance this year to see how a cross-section of lawmakers react to a potentially divisive issue.
Driver cell phone use is seen as a public safety issue by some. Others consider talking or texting while driving a right.
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Also this afternoon, at 3 p.m., the 23-member Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider a narrow cell phone bill that would only ban texting by regular motorists.
The House version would also prohibit school bus drivers from texting or talking on a cell phone. The Senate bill contains no such prohibition.