The Senate's proposed texting ban fails in House committee, leaving the House's ban or nothing. The Senate's ban would have set a $100 fine for texting and allowed local governments to create their own rules. The House's ban makes texting while driving a secondary offense with a $25 fine, and nullifies local bans; these differences might have been why the bill failed, according to a MyTown article.
The House bill is moving through the Senate. According to the Rapid City Journal, the bill has opponents who feel the fine is too low. But, if it also dies, South Dakota would go another year without a statewide ban.
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