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Car Cellphone Regulations Rejected by Arkansas House Committee

A dashboard video showing a state trooper narrowly avoiding a head-on collision with a driver who was using a cellphone wasn’t enough to sway an Arkansas House committee that tougher laws are needed. The Public Transportation Committee voted 11-7 against …

Bill Banning Texting and Driving Passes Oklahoma House

The Oklahoma House has overwhelmingly approved restrictions on texting while driving, despite concerns among the measure’s strongest supporters that they don’t go far enough. House members voted 96-2 for the bill, sending it to the Senate for debate and a …

Texas Lawmaker Urges Extension of Wind Insurance Inspection Waiver

A Texas lawmaker says thousands of coastal residents could lose their windstorm insurance coverage if the Legislature doesn’t extend a program that provides waivers for those who have been nonrenewed for coverage by a private insurer. Republican state Sen. Larry …

Problem of Metal Theft Focus of Illinois House Bill

A bill filed in the Illinois House would form a new task force to address thefts of recyclable metals, including copper. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the panel would review efforts to combat theft and come up with new ideas. Findings …

Motorcycle Safety Bill Proposed in Illinois

An Illinois lawmaker wants motorcycle safety to be a formal part of driver’s education courses. The proposal by Republican Rep. Tom Bennett of Gibson City would amend the driver’s education act in the Illinois School Code to require that all …

Arkansas Bill Would Jeopardize Local Gay Anti-Discrimination Laws

An Arkansas municipality’s effort to protect its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents from discrimination would be nullified under a bill presented by the town’s state representative. The House Local Affairs Committee voted 12-6 in favor of the measure, which …

Minnesota Lawmakers Expected to Debate Rideshare Insurance Gap

Minnesota lawmakers could decide whether to regulate the ride-hailing industry this year. House and Senate legislators say they plan to introduce bills soon to toughen insurance regulations for companies like Uber and Lyft. That would add Minnesota to the growing …

Texting-While-Driving Bill Moves Forward in Oklahoma

A measure aimed at curbing the dangerous trend of texting while driving easily passed out of an Oklahoma House committee, the bill’s author reports. House Bill 1965, by state Rep. Terry O’Donnell, strengthens language aimed at preventing texting while driving, …

Iowa Bill that Would Help Pregnant Workers Advances

A Senate panel has approved a bill that would require Iowa businesses to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees. Members of a labor and business relations subcommittee approved the bill Feb. 10. It now heads to a full committee for …

Bills Aimed at Property Claims Litigation Expected in Texas Legislative Session

Texas lawmakers are expected to file legislation this year aimed at stemming the tide of property claims litigation in the wake of catastrophic weather events, such as hailstorms. Proponents of such legislation would like to see a measure that limits the time …