Is the texting ban the prelude to no talking while driving?
The House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved a ban on text messaging while driving, and the resolution of a few minor differences with the Senate is all that stands in the way of it becoming law. The 133-2 vote stands in marked contrast to the heated debate the assembly has been engaged in for more than a decade over restrictions on talking on your cell phone while driving, and to the failure of texting bans last year. (Three separate bills got killed in committee in the House last year.)
It's a bit of a mystery why something will fail in Annapolis one year and sail through the next; sometimes an issue's time has just come. But I'm not sure that passage of the texting ban indicates any greater willingness to take up an all-out cell phone ban anytime soon. Annapolis has been debating that one since well before most people had cell phones, and opinions seem pretty hardened on the matter.