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Houston’s mayor warns that if Texas lawmakers fail to pass a law banning texting and driving, she’ll pursue a ban for the city. News 92 FM’s Lana Hughes says the first hurdle for enacting the measure has been cleared in Austin.

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The issue was taken up in the house on the full floor, where it passed with a 98-47 split. Alana Rocha with the Texas tribune says Houston democrat Harold Dutton tried to tack on an amendment saying a ban could provide a means for police to pull over drivers, leading to racial profiling. That amendment was ultimately pulled down and the measure passed.

So what now?

The Governor Perry has said he supports an educational rather than punitive approach to dealing with the dangers of texting and driving.


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