Maine LD 185: An Act To Prohibit the Use of a Mobile Telephone When Operating a Motor Vehicle Except in Hands-free Mode

LD 185 (subjects: TRAFFIC REGULATIONS , CELL PHONE USE )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=185&PID=1456&snum=127


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Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Roger Katz of Kennebec: (R – District 15) — e-mail | Facebook

4 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
1/29/2015 Senate Committee on TRANSPORTATION
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Collins of York REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
1/29/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/2/2015 Senate Reports READ
On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT
Unfinished Business
4/7/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
4/9/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
4/14/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
Senator COLLINS of York moved to Accept the Majority Ought Not To Pass Report
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 29 10 Yeas – 24 Nays- 1 Excused – 0 Absent FAILED
Minority Ought to Pass As Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-13) Report ACCEPTED
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “A” (S-13) READ and ADOPTED
ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY.
4/16/2015 Senate COMMITTEE ON BILLS IN THE SECOND READING REPORTS NO FURTHER VERBAL AMENDMENTS NECESSARY, Senator Saviello, Senate Chair. REPORT ACCEPTED.
READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-13).
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
4/21/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative McLEAN of Gorham, the Minority Ought to Pass as Amended Report FAILED.
ROLL CALL NO. 32
(Yeas 55 – Nays 88 – Absent 8 – Excused 0)
Subsequently, on motion of Representative McLEAN of Gorham, the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report was ACCEPTED.
In NON-CONCURRENCE and sent for concurrence.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/23/2015 Senate On motion by Senator KATZ of Kennebec Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending FURTHER CONSIDERATION
4/23/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President ProTem
On motion by Senator KATZ of Kennebec Under suspension of the Rules RECEDED From PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED As Amended By Committee Amendment “A” (S-13)
On further motion by Same Senator The Senate RECEDED From ADOPTION of Committee Amendment “A” (S-13)
On further motion by Same Senator Senate Amendment “A” (S-51) to Committee Amendment “A” (S-13) READ and ADOPTED , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (S-13) AS AMENDED BY Senate Amendment “A” (S-51) adopted thereto , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Subsequently, PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED As Amended By Committee Amendment “A” (S-13) As Amended By Senate Amendment “A” (S-51) thereto , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
4/28/2015 House On motion of Representative McCABE of Skowhegan, TABLED pending FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
Later today assigned.
4/28/2015 House Unfinished Business
4/29/2015 House Unfinished Business
4/30/2015 House Unfinished Business
5/5/2015 House Unfinished Business
5/6/2015 House Unfinished Business
5/7/2015 House Speaker laid before the House
Subsequently, the House INSISTED on ACCEPTANCE of the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/12/2015 Senate On motion by Senator KATZ of Kennebec Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending FURTHER CONSIDERATION
Unfinished Business
5/13/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/14/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/19/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
On motion by Senator KATZ of Kennebec Under suspension of the Rules The Senate RECEDED From PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED As Amended By Committee Amendment “A” (S-13) As Amended By Senate Amendment “A” (S-51) thereto
On further motion by Same Senator The Senate RECEDED From ADOPTION of Committee Amendment “A” (S-13) As Amended By Senate Amendment “A” (S-51) thereto
On motion by Same Senator The Senate RECEDED From ADOPTION of Senate Amendment “A” (S-51) To Committee Amendment “A” (S-13) and INDEFINITELY POSTPONE the Same.
On further motion by Same Senator Senate Amendment “B” (S-87) to Committee Amendment “A” (S-13) READ and ADOPTED
Committee Amendment “A” (S-13) AS AMENDED BY Senate Amendment “B” (S-87) thereto ADOPTED. , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Subsequently, PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED As Amended By Committee Amendment “A” (S-13) As Amended By Senate Amendment “B” (S-87) thereto , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
5/20/2015 House Motion of Representative McLEAN of Gorham, to RECEDE and CONCUR FAILED.
ROLL CALL NO. 85
(Yeas 65 – Nays 82 – Absent 4 – Excused 0)
Subsequently, on motion of Representative McLEAN of Gorham, the House INSISTED on ACCEPTANCE of the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Prohibit the Use of a Mobile Telephone When Operating a Motor Vehicle Except in Hands-free Mode

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 29-A MRSA 2120 is enacted to read:

2120. Use of handheld mobile telephone while operating motor vehicle; prohibition

1. Definitions. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.

A. “Mobile telephone” means a device used to access wireless telephone service.
B. “Handheld mobile telephone” means a mobile telephone with which a user engages in a telephone call using at least one hand.
C. “Hands-free mobile telephone” means a mobile telephone that has an internal feature or function, or that is equipped with an attachment or addition, whether or not permanently part of the mobile telephone, by which a user may activate and deactivate the phone and talk and listen without the use of either hand.
D. “Using” means manipulating, talking into or otherwise interacting with a mobile telephone but does not include passively listening to music or other recorded sounds emanating from a mobile telephone.

2. Prohibition. A person may not operate a motor vehicle while using a handheld mobile telephone. A person may not operate a motor vehicle while using a hands-free mobile telephone unless the features of the mobile telephone that allow hands-free operation are being used.
3. Penalty. The following penalties apply to violations of this section.

A. A person who violates this section commits a traffic infraction for which a fine of not less than $50 may be adjudged.
B. A person who violates this section after having been previously adjudicated as violating this section commits a traffic infraction for which a fine of not less than $250 may be adjudged.

4. Exceptions. This section does not apply to text messaging as prohibited by section 2119 or to the following persons operating a motor vehicle within the scope of their employment:

A. Drivers of authorized emergency vehicles, as defined in section 2054, subsection 1, paragraph B;
B. Physicians;
C. Holders of commercial driver’s licenses; and
D. Municipal public works personnel, Maine Turnpike Authority personnel and state transportation personnel, including all employees and contractors of the department.

SUMMARY

This bill prohibits the use of a handheld mobile telephone while operating a motor vehicle. The bill clarifies that law enforcement officers, corrections officers, firefighters, drivers of authorized emergency vehicles, holders of commercial driver’s licenses, physicians, municipal public works personnel, Maine Turnpike Authority personnel and state transportation personnel, including all employees and contractors of the Department of Transportation, may use handheld mobile telephones while driving within the scope of their employment. The bill makes the offense a traffic infraction. This bill does not affect the current prohibition against text messaging while operating a motor vehicle.

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This information about LD 185 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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