A bill that would override local texting bans and create a statewide ban passed a Legislative committee today. House Bill 1177 would prevent local governments from passing or enforcing distracted driver laws (like the one recently passed in Box Elder) and establish texting while driving as a secondary offense. According to an article on MyTown, the bill has received "tepid support" from the South Dakota Sheriff's Association and the Municipal league; the Sheriff's Association would prefer to see the ban as a primary offense, while the Municipal League doesn't want to give up local control.

Having passed the committee, the bill will go to the full House. Follow stories on this and other texting bans in the archive.