SB 1222 Handheld personal communications devices; mandatory minimum fine when convicted of reckless driving.
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Summary as enacted with Governor's Recommendation: (all summaries)

Driving while texting; primary offense; increased penalties. Provides that driving while texting is a traffic infraction punishable, for a first offense, by a fine of $125 and, for a second or subsequent offense, by a fine of $250. The current penalties are $20 for a first offense and $50 for a second or subsequent offense. The bill also increases the punishment of any person convicted of reckless driving to include a $250 mandatory minimum fine if the person was texting at the time of the reckless driving offense. The bill also changes the offense from a secondary offense (one that can only be charged when the offender is stopped for another, separate offense) to a primary offense. The bill also provides that the Department of Criminal Justice Services shall make training on such offenses available to state and local law-enforcement agencies. The bill incorporates SB 981, SB 1160, and SB 1238. The bill is identical to HB 1907.

Full text:
01/09/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102174D  pdf | impact statement
02/04/13  Senate: Committee substitute printed 13104758D-S1  pdf | impact statement
02/15/13  House: Committee substitute printed 13105183D-H1  pdf | impact statement
02/23/13  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1222ER)  pdf | impact statement
04/03/13  Senate: Reenrolled bill text (SB1222ER2)  pdf
04/03/13  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0790)  pdf

Amendments:
Governor's recommendation

Status:
01/09/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102174D
01/09/13  Senate: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/23/13  Senate: Rereferred from Transportation (14-Y 0-N)
01/23/13  Senate: Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/04/13  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (9-Y 6-N)
02/04/13  Senate: Committee substitute printed 13104758D-S1
02/04/13  Senate: Incorporates SB1160
02/04/13  Senate: Incorporates SB1238
02/05/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/05/13  Senate: Read second time
02/05/13  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/05/13  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 13104758D-S1
02/05/13  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1222S1
02/05/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/05/13  Senate: Passed Senate (24-Y 15-N)
02/11/13  House: Placed on Calendar
02/11/13  House: Read first time
02/11/13  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/13  House: Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/13/13  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
02/15/13  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (16-Y 1-N)
02/15/13  House: Committee substitute printed 13105183D-H1
02/18/13  Senate: Incorporates SB1160
02/18/13  Senate: Incorporates SB1238
02/18/13  Senate: Incorporates SB981
02/19/13  House: Read second time
02/20/13  House: Read third time
02/20/13  House: Committee substitute agreed to 13105183D-H1
02/20/13  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1222H1
02/20/13  House: Passed House with substitute (91-Y 6-N 2-A)
02/20/13  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (91-Y 6-N 2-A)
02/21/13  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (28-Y 12-N)
02/21/13  Senate: Title replaced 13105183D-H1
02/21/13  Senate: Reconsideration of House substitute agreed to by Senate (35-Y 4-N)
02/21/13  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (27-Y 12-N)
02/23/13  Senate: Enrolled
02/23/13  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1222ER)
02/23/13  Senate: Signed by President
02/23/13  House: Signed by Speaker
03/25/13  Senate: Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/02/13  Senate: Placed on Calendar
04/03/13  Senate: Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (36-Y 4-N)
04/03/13  House: House concurred in Governor's recommendation #'s 1, 2 and 3 (86-Y 11-N 2-A)
04/03/13  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (86-Y 11-N 2-A)
04/03/13  House: House concurred in Governor's recommendation #4 (83-Y 13-N 2-A)
04/03/13  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (83-Y 13-N 2-A)
04/03/13  Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted
04/03/13  Senate: Reenrolled
04/03/13  Senate: Reenrolled bill text (SB1222ER2)
04/03/13  Senate: Signed by President as reenrolled
04/03/13  House: Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/03/13  House: Enacted, Chapter 790 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/13  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0790)