Iowa House Approves Compromise Texting Ban


By Becky Ogann

DES MOINES (AP) - The Iowa House has approved a compromise package that puts new limits on sending or reading text messages while driving, including tough restrictions on young drivers.

Lawmakers have argued about the issue for most of the session. A House-Senate conference committee hammered out a compromise version, which was approved by the House Tuesday on a 66-33 vote. It now goes to the Senate.

The compromise plan restricts drivers under 18 from using a cell phone or electronic device while driving, including talking on a cell phone. It bans drivers over 18 from reading or writing text messages or e-mails while driving.

Critics say the measure is virtually unenforceable.

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