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Letter from my State Representative.

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From the “Just so’s you know” department:

I received a  prompt reply from my  State Representative’s office concerning banning non-emergency  use of cell phone and text messenger in cars and trucks.

What follows is an edited version of the email sent by Representative Ortiz’s office.

It appears to me that the lawmakers have recognized the problem and are trying to address it.  The line, “This issue is likely to be controversial…” is telling, I think.

Dear Mr. {Fiddle Mike}


I don’t want to conclude
this email without attempting to answer your good question about a total ban.
Texting while driving is a indeed problem for adults, too. That said, a
complete ban would be difficult to pass the legislature. This bill is a
starting point (it can be amended) and Rep.
decided to start off by filing the youth ban version
because its chances of passing are greater.

{ edited}

This issue is
likely to be controversial and legislators are looking at a variety of ways to
tackle the issue. In fact, one legislator, Rep. Jose Menendez of San Antonio , is taking
two different approaches. He’s filed one bill (HB220) which is a total ban
(like you suggest) and another bill HB219 that only bans it in school zones.
Rep. Ortiz did not want to duplicate his efforts.

You can track the
progress of HB 220, HB 219, and HB 662 online at www.capitol.state.tx.us

There’s some interesting
discussion going on over at Burnt Orange Report: http://www.burntorangereport.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=7857


Will Krueger

Office of Rep.
Solomon Ortiz
, Jr.

(512) 463-0484

Ill admit to taking a simplistic view of the workings of government, forgetting that there are many interests and influences to be dealt with; like being at a swap meet.  But,  I read the original email describing the bill, thought it looked  ineffective and asked,  “why”?

Now, I know.

In any case, it looks like they are on the job, in Austin.

My next entry should be more entertaining.


Written by fiddle mike

January 24, 2009 at 2:28 pm

One Response

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  1. Color me stupid? I still don’t get it. How could a compleate ban be hard to pass? who as an adult actually belives texting while driving…is a good thing? Am I just wearing blinders here Mike? Or perhaps some information is missing that I am not aware of? I just can’t understand how they could possibly think that making it illegal to drive distracted is a bad thing?


    January 24, 2009 at 4:14 pm

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