House Bill 1177 is heading back to the House, with some adjustments. The South Dakota Senate amended the state-wide texting ban to make texting while driving a primary offense, with a penalty of $500 and up to 30 days in jail. The bill originally nullified local bans, then passed the House with texting as a secondary offense. According to the Rapid City Journal, there are concerns that the House will not approve the stricter bill, which would mean another year without a state-wide ban. The other side is, the bill as passed by the House was weaker than the local bans it would replace.
Texting has been a frequent topic during this legislative session. Find out more in the archive.
UPDATE: The Rapid City Journal reported that the House and Senate were unable to reach a compromise on the bill. With its defeat, there will be no state-wide regulation on texting; local laws will remain in effect.