Senate File 98 and Senate File 46 passed the Iowa Senate Transportation Committee unanimously. Sen Rozenboom (R-Iowa Senate District 40) managed both bills.
Ban Handheld Devices While Driving
Senate File 46 seeks to ban the use of handheld devices while driving unless in hands-free mode. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Lofgren (R-Iowa Senate District 46) who we have worked with over the past year to get support for the legislation. There were amendments to the bill that ban handheld devices and not just communications devices. Also allowed were specific exemptions for public utility workers who may be stopped along the roadway using a data terminal for their work.
A companion bill with identical language HF392 has passed the Iowa House Transportation Committee and awaits debate in the Iowa House.
Add Distracted Driving to Driver Education
Senate File 98 is an idea the Iowa Bicycle Coalition brought to legislators for bill drafting. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Lofgren (R-Iowa Senate District 46) and will add distracted driving to the required topics of driver education. This assures that the topic will be covered in driver education for new drivers.
A companion bill with identical language HF380 has passed the Iowa House Transportation Committee is on the debate calendar in the Iowa House awaiting debate.