BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Legislation banning texting while driving but allowing hands-free uses such as talking or using the navigation function of an electronic mobile device headed to the governor on Thursday.
The Senate voted 24-7 to approve the legislation backers say will save lives.
Opponents said individuals should be left to decide how they want to use such devices while driving.
The legislation permits one-touch operations of devices for such things as answering or ending a call.
There's also an exception in the legislation for agriculture workers when using mobile devices while driving.
Emergency responders are also exempt as are individuals making an emergency call.
A first-time infraction could result in a fine of $75.
The measure passed the House 49-21.