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HF 50 - Prohibits Cell Phone Use While Driving - Minnesota Key Vote

Pelowski, Jr. voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Prohibits Cell Phone Use While Driving

Signed by Governor Tim Walz
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (Senate) (48-12) - (Key vote)
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Title: Prohibits Cell Phone Use While Driving

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that prohibits the use of handheld cell phones while driving, effective August 1, 2019.

Highlights:

 

  • Prohibits an individual who is operating a motor vehicle that is in motion or a part of traffic from the following (Sec. 2):

    • Initiating, composing, sending or reading an electronic message;

    • Engaging, initiating, taking, or listening to a cellular phone call; and

    • Participating in a video call.

  • Exempts wireless communication devices used (Sec. 2):

    • Solely in a voice activated or hands-free mode to initiate or participate in a cellular phone call or to initiatie, compose, sent, or listen to an electronic message;

    • To view or operate a global positioning or navigation system in a manner that does not require the driver to type while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic, provided that the individual does not hold the device with one or both hands;

    • To listen to audio-based content in a manner that does not require the driver to scroll or type while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic, provided that the individual does not hold the device with one or both hands;

    • To obtain emergency assistance to report a traffic accident, medical emergency, or serious traffic hazard, or prevent a crime about to be committed;

    • In the reasonable belief that an individual’s life or safety is in immediate danger; or

    • In an authorized emergency vehicle while in the performance of official duties.

  • Defines “electronic message” as a self-contained piece of digital communication that is designed or intended to be transmitted between physical devices (Sec. 2).

  • Specifies that an electronic message includes, but is not limited to to the following (Sec. 2):

    • Email;

    • Text message;

    • Instant message;

    • Command or request to access a web page;

    • Voice-mail message;

    • Transmitted Image;

    • Transmitted video content, like video calls;

    • Transmitted gaming data; and

    • Other data transmitted using a commonly recognized electronic communications protocol.

  • Specifies that an electronic message does not include the following (Sec. 2):

    • Voice or audio data transmitted as a result of making a phone call;

    • Data transmitted between a motor vehicle and a wireless communications device located in the vehicle;

    • Data transmitted by a two-way radio, citizens band radio, or amateur radio used in accordance with Federal Communications Commission's rules and regulations; or

    • Data transmitted automatically without direct initiation by an individual.

  • Defines “voice-activated or hands-free mode” as an attachment, accessory, wirelessly paired or tethered capability, application, wireless connection, or built-in feature of a wireless communications device or a motor vehicle that allows the individual to use verbal or single touch commands to activate or deactivate the device and activate or deactivate a function or software application of the device (Sec. 2).

  • Specifies the effective of this act is August 1, 2019 (Sec. 3).

Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (House) (107-19) -

Title: Prohibits Cell Phone Use While Driving

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (56-10) -

Title: Prohibits Cell Phone Use While Driving

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (106-21) - (Key vote)
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Title: Prohibits Cell Phone Use While Driving

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits the use of handheld cell phones while driving, effective August 1, 2019.

Highlights:

 

  • Prohibits an individual who is operating a motor vehicle that is in motion or a part of traffic from the following (Sec. 2):

    • Initiating, composing, sending or reading an electronic message;

    • Engaging, initiating, taking, or listening to a cellular phone call; and

    • Participating in a video call.

  • Exempts wireless communication devices used solely for access to a global positioning or navigation system (Sec. 1).

  • Defines “electronic message” as a voicemail message, transmitted image, audio, or video content including a video call (Sec. 2).

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Prohibits Cell Phone Use While Driving

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