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House Bill 1177

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A bill that would strip local governments of their authority to enact distracted driving ordinances, including bans on texting and driving has passed the House Judiciary Committee. House bill 1177 would replace local bans on texting and driving with a statewide ban. But critics say the statewide ban would be far weaker than those bans adopted in seven cities, including Sioux Falls. SDPB reporter Kealey Bultena discussed more details on the bill.