Will a new bill pave the way for a state-wide texting ban, or will it reduce local control? House Bill 1177, first read on Wednesday in the legislature, would nullify existing distracted driver laws and prevent new ones from being passed at the county or municipal level. The Rapid City Journal reports that some see this as removing local laws to facilitate a state-wide ban, while others see it as restricting the ability of local governments to pass their own bans if the legislature fails to pass one.

Currently, texting-bans exist in several East River cities, as well as Pennington County (which doesn't apply to the cities). Follow developments on texting bans in our archive.