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Houston Mayor Plans To Ask Council Committee To Consider Texting Ban

Annise Parker has long talked about a local ban in the absence of a statewide law. She hasn’t taken any formal action until now.

The sign reads, "No texts, emails or apps while driving per city ordinance"
The sign reads, “No texts, emails or apps while driving per city ordinance”
Houston Mayor Annise Parker says she wants a ban on texting-while-driving in Houston.

But instead of submitting an ordinance for the City Council to approve, she is going to ask the council’s public safety committee to consider it.

“This is not one I’m going to put on the agenda and force council members to… I have my position,” Parker said after Wednesday’s council meeting. “But I’m going to take it to the committee and ask them to make a policy decision to move forward. I’m going to ask them to weigh in.”

Parker previously said she would ask the council to pass an ordinance banning texting while driving if the state legislature didn’t act.

But she has not taken any formal action until now.

Attempts by lawmakers to get a statewide ban have been unsuccessful.

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