House kills texting bill as final act

news_icon_greenBy Bobby Harrison

Daily Journal Jackson Bureau

JACKSON – The Mississippi House, as its final act of the 2014 regular session, killed a bill banning texting while driving.

The bill had passed the House 104-16 Tuesday and appeared on its way to Gov. Phil Bryant for his consideration.

But late on Wednesday night, Rep. Bill Denny, R-Jackson, made the motion to reconsider the vote. Efforts to table the motion were defeated on a voice vote, resulting in the demise of the bill for the 2014 session.

Before the session and special session ended Wednesday, the House agreed to a budget for the Department of Transportation and for state Aid Roads and agreed to add 16 assistant district attorneys statewide.