A late amendment that supporters of a texting while driving ban fear could kill the legislation passed Tuesday morning.
The amendment proposed by Rep. Jose Oliva, R-Miami, would allow cell phone records to be used as evidence only in the case of a crash resulting in death or personal injury. Oliva said the purpose of the amendment is to “protect civil liberties” not derail the bill.
But Rep. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, said it was “deceptive and dishonest” to tack on an amendment at the last minute.
Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, said “We see amendments every day and no one is accusing anyone else of being scheming or being dishonest."
The bill is sponsored by Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice and Reps. Doug Holder, R-Sarasota, and Ray Pilon, R-Sarasota.