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.
On Wednesday, the House passsed the ban with the amendment, leaving it to the Senate to take up the new version by Friday or wait until next year. The bill’s supporters are hopeful, but the House has gambled with Florida drivers’ safety.
for The Post Editorial Board