The Idaho House adjourned late last night without passing a bill to ban texting while driving. The House refused to go along with Senate amendments to a last-minute House bill that replaced the earlier Senate bill.
Representative Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, objected to a call to suspend rules and allow the immediate consideration of the amended texting-while-driving bill, which then led to the bill being killed in the final moments of this year’s legislative session.
Labrador says Idaho already has an inattentive driving law, and texting while driving is inattentive driving, so therefore is already a crime in the state.
Unlike any other bill this session, the texting measure drew support from young people across the state, who signed petitions and turned out en masse for hours-long hearings, supporting the bill.