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CS/CS/CS/SB 52: Use of Wireless Communications Devices While Driving

GENERAL BILL by Judiciary ; Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities ; Transportation ; Detert ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Montford ; Margolis ; Richter ; Latvala ; Abruzzo ; Benacquisto ; Soto ; Sachs

Use of Wireless Communications Devices While Driving; Creating the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law”; prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle while using a wireless communications device for certain purposes; defining the term “wireless communications device”; specifying information that is admissible as evidence of a violation; providing for enforcement as a secondary action; providing for points to be assessed against a driver license for the unlawful use of a wireless communications device within a school safety zone or resulting in a crash, etc.

Effective Date: 10/1/2013
Last Action: 5/29/2013 - Chapter No. 2013-58
Location: Became Law
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF
Senate Committee References:
  1. Transportation (TR)
  2. Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities (CU)
  3. Judiciary (JU)



Bill History

Date Chamber Action
11/19/2012 Senate • Filed
12/5/2012 Senate • Referred to Transportation; Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities; Judiciary -SJ 11
1/28/2013 Senate • On Committee agenda-- Transportation, 02/06/13, 3:00 pm, 37 Senate Office Building
2/6/2013 Senate • CS by Transportation; YEAS 9 NAYS 0 -SJ 113
2/8/2013 Senate • Pending reference review under Rule 4.7(2) - (Committee Substitute)
2/12/2013 Senate • Now in Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities -SJ 113
3/1/2013 Senate • On Committee agenda-- Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities, 03/06/13, 2:00 pm, 301 Senate Office Building
3/5/2013 Senate • Introduced -SJ 11
• CS by Transportation read 1st time -SJ 105
3/6/2013 Senate • CS/CS by Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities; YEAS 9 NAYS 0 -SJ 157
3/7/2013 Senate • Pending reference review under Rule 4.7(2) - (Committee Substitute)
• Now in Judiciary -SJ 157
• CS/CS by Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities read 1st time -SJ 186
4/3/2013 Senate • On Committee agenda-- Judiciary, 04/08/13, 4:00 pm, 110 Senate Office Building
4/8/2013 Senate • CS/CS/CS by- Judiciary; YEAS 8 NAYS 0 -SJ 398
4/10/2013 Senate • Pending reference review -under Rule 4.7(2) - (Committee Substitute)
• CS/CS/CS by Judiciary read 1st time -SJ 398
4/11/2013 Senate • Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading -SJ 398
• Placed on Special Order Calendar, 04/16/13
4/16/2013 Senate • Read 2nd time -SJ 445
• Read 3rd time -SJ 445
• CS passed; YEAS 36 NAYS 0 -SJ 445
• Immediately certified -SJ 445
4/16/2013 House • In Messages
4/29/2013 House • Referred to Calendar -HJ 969
• Placed on Special Order Calendar, 04/30/13
• Received -HJ 969
4/30/2013 House • Read 2nd time -HJ 1010
• Substituted for CS/CS/HB 13 -HJ 1010
• Amendment(s) adopted (767961) -HJ 1010
• Placed on 3rd reading
5/1/2013 House • Read 3rd time -HJ 1044
• CS passed as amended; YEAS 110 NAYS 6 -HJ 1045
5/1/2013 Senate • In returning messages
5/2/2013 Senate • Concurred in 1 amendment(s) (767961) -SJ 1032
• CS passed as amended; YEAS 39 NAYS 1 -SJ 1032
• Ordered engrossed, then enrolled -SJ 1032
5/21/2013 • Signed by Officers and presented to Governor
5/28/2013 • Approved by Governor
5/29/2013 • Chapter No. 2013-58