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Phone/driving bill hits a detour

Written June 1st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The Oregon legislature’s attempt to prevent distracted driving because of any kind of cell phone use could not get out of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. Chairman Floyd Prozanski salvaged the bill by arranging to have it transferred to the Senate Committee on Rules.


Phone/driving ban reaches too far

Written May 31st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

In Salem, the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning once again postponed action on Rep. Andy Olson’s bill to outlaw the use of any mobile electronic device while driving. It would be understandable if legislators had second thoughts about this bill.


House OK’s cell phone crackdown

Written May 3rd, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Despite misgivings about over-regulating the way we live, the Oregon House has approved Rep. Andy Olson’s bill to get tough on┬ápeople using cell phones while driving.


Panel improves cell-phone driving bill

Written March 8th, 2013 by

Oregon’s Senate president, Peter Courtney, filed a bill that threatened to fine cell-phoning drivers up to $1,000. This would be accomplished by upgrading the offense — using a hand-held cell phone while driving — from a Class D to a Class B traffic violation. I’m glad to report that the Senate Judiciary Committee has improved […]

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Cell phones: The urge to punish

Written February 13th, 2013 by

What is it that some members of the legislature seem to have against the people of Oregon that they want to punish us every chance they get? The Senate Judiciary Committee has just voted for a bill that would increase the maximym fine for using a hand-held cell phone while driving from $250 to $1,000. […]


 
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