After years of embarassing inaction, it looked this year as if the Florida Legislature finally would outlaw texting while driving. The Senate had passed a bill to do so, and the House this week was preparing to do the same. Gov. Rick Scott supported a ban on this dangerous activity.
But then a state representative got the wise idea to amend the House’s version during the last week of the session — even though doing so would require the Senate to re-approve the ban, hardly a given during the session’s chaotic last days. Worse, the amendment, approved 73-46, makes the already-weak texting ban even weaker.
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