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Texas bill to ban texting while driving advances

Published On: Mar 05 2013 03:38:48 PM CST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -

A proposal to ban texting behind the wheel is making progress in the Texas Capitol.

The House Transportation Committee voted 6 to 1 in favor of the bill on Tuesday. It moves to the full House for consideration. Texas has already banned any use of mobile devices by drivers under age 18.

Texting while driving is illegal in 39 states. Local ordinances ban the practice in cities including Austin, El Paso and San Antonio.

The new measure would extend the ban to all drivers statewide. Rep. Tom Craddick is calling it "the bipartisan bill of the session."

But Gov. Rick Perry vetoed a similar proposal in 2011. His views have not changed. He calls the idea "government micromanagement."