The South Dakota House of Representatives passed HB 1177 on Wednesday. This bill bans texting and driving. Select cities throughout the state already have texting bans of their own.
Communities like Sioux Falls, Brookings, Watertown and Mitchell currently have city ordinances in place, banning text messaging while driving. State lawmakers have debated this issue for a few years and sponsors believe they’ve finally come up with a good bill. Republican State Representative Brian Gosch is one of the lawmakers behind this legislation.