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Iowa Senate OKs bill to expand law on texting while driving

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Senate has passed a bill that would allow law enforcement officials to more easily regulate Iowa's ban on texting while driving.

The Senate voted 44-6 Tuesday to make texting while driving a primary offense instead of a secondary one. It now heads to the House for consideration.

Iowa law prohibits a person from reading, writing and sending messages on an electronic device while driving. The bill would remove a stipulation that a law enforcement official must stop a person for a different offense to enforce it.

Sen. Tod Bowman, a Democrat from Maquoketa, says distracted driving kills people.

Most lawmakers voted for the bill, which has Gov. Terry Branstad's support. But some Republicans questioned whether the legislation was needed.

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