A bill that requires hands-free use of cell phones while driving is building momentum in and moving through the Minnesota Legislature. Ideas to limit use of mobile devices while driving have been around for decades, but this year the issue has taken a different turn. Families are bringing devastating stories of loved ones lost to distracted drivers – and those stories are changing hearts, minds and, most importantly, votes.

Businesses and interest groups are also lining up behind the legislation. The DFL House Transportation Chair Frank Hornstein and Republican Senate Chair Scott Newman got together before the session started, and each decided this was their top priority and resolved to work together. Gov. Tim Walz has said he will sign the bill. A couple of committee stops remain, but it appears passage is very likely.

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