A bill to ban cities and counties from enacting local ordinances banning use of a handheld cellphone while driving is scheduled for a hearing Thursday.
The bill, proposed by Rep. Chad Christensen, R-Ammon, would override the handful of existing local bans such as the ones in Idaho Falls and Pocatello. A hearing in the House Transportation committee has been set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the committee agenda posted Wednesday afternoon.
Idaho law bans texting while driving now, although the ban only covers texting, not other uses of a phone, and as a result is little enforced. A proposal to ban using a handheld cellphone while driving statewide was voted down in the state Senate earlier this month.