ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- A proposal to ban using handheld cell phones while driving has stumped the Maryland Senate.
The Senate decided by a single vote to approve a preliminary version of the ban -- but only after it was changed to ban only text messaging.
Then, about an hour later, a senator whose vote secured the amendment said he wants to change his mind. The Senate voted, again by a vote of 23-22, to put off more debate until next week.
Cell phone driving bans have proved divisive in the Maryland legislature. Supporters of a ban say the time has come for Maryland to join Washington, D.C., and other states with phone bans. But the House of Delegates has already twice rejected a texting ban this year.