Cell phone proposal killed in committee; 'Hill bill' hearing late Tuesday

Jan 22, 2013 The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- A state Senate committee has killed a bill that would have prohibited the use of hand-held cellular phones while driving in Wyoming.

The Senate Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee voted against Senate File 93 on Monday.

The bill would have allowed drivers to use hands-free technology.

Bill sponsor Democratic Sen. Floyd Esquibel, of Cheyenne, says he will propose the bill again next year.

The committee delayed voting on a separate measure that would make it illegal for school bus drivers to use hand-held cell phones while operating a bus.

Elsewhere, a legislative committee was set to consider a bill that would strip the Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction post of much of its power.

The House Appropriations Committee scheduled a hearing on the bill for 10 minutes after the full House adjourns on Tuesday. That's likely to be in the late afternoon.

Legislative leaders in both houses and in both parties are sponsoring the bill, Senate File 104. It would turn most of the important duties of the superintendent's post over to a director appointed by the governor.

Sponsors say Superintendent Cindy Hill has failed to follow legislative directives on education accountability measures.

But Hill says she's followed the Legislature's directives.

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