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Governor not sure about texting ban

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Florida Governor Rick Scott visited Orlando Monday, likely for the final time. Touring a manufacturing plant in Sanford, the governor refused to answer our question about whether or not he would sign a bill that bans texting and driving.

"Well as a parent, and now a grandparent, you worry about people texting and driving," Gov. Scott said.  "So, I look forward to seeing that, seeing that bill when it gets to my desk."

After passing the Florida Senate early in the session, the bill is likely to be heard in the full House on Tuesday.  Rep. David Hood, R-Daytona Beach Shores, says he thinks this finally the year.

"We've got clear evidence and proof that texting while driving impairs the safety and the health of our citizens, so it ought to be done.  But then again we spent two hours last week debating on whether you should be able to use your EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card for strippers or hookers, so sometimes good ideas just take time to percolate."

Critics say the texting while driving ban has plenty of holes in it.  For example, it will be a secondary offense, meaning police will not be able to just pull someone over for texting, there will have to be another infraction. First time offenders would also only face a 30 dollar fine and no points off their license.

Law enforcement officials also point out it will be difficult to tell the difference, or prove in court without a subpoena whether or not a person was actually texting, or simply looking at their phone.

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