TOPEKA – The House sent a bill to the Senate that bans drivers from texting while driving Monday evening.
Those caught texting while driving after Jan. 1, 2011 will face a $60 fine under the proposal.
The package, which was negotiated by a panel of lawmakers from both chambers, contains several other driving related bills touching on license plate covers to when a school bus must be retired.
The measure, Senate Bill 300, passed 105-18 and now goes to the Senate
The bill would also:
- Require minors to wear protective equipment while riding a motorcycle
- Allow districts to operate school buses for 25 years instead of the current 20 years
- Bar drivers from covering their license plates with material that obscures the plate’s visibility or reflectivity, it comes with a $60 fine.