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NU Online News Service, June 10, 4:00 p.m. EDT

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved legislation that would offer grants to states that enact laws prohibiting texting and using a handheld device while driving.

The legislation, S. 1938, sponsored by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., stipulates that 50 percent of the grant money a state receives must be used for education about the dangers of texting and using a cell phone while driving, for traffic signs about the state distracted driving law, and for enforcement of the law.

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