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MN Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers Association

May 3, 2018
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Legislative Alert...Distracted Driving Bill


The distracted driving bill that would prohibit cell phone use while driving is at a critical juncture in the state legislature. The bill has not technically cleared committee deadlines in the House and Senate, so to progress to a floor vote this year, the Republican leadership in the House and Senate must make the bill a priority. House and Senate leadership can use legislative rules to bring the bills to their respective floors. That is the current request of the Distracted Driver Coalition to which the MIIAB belongs. "Make the distracted driving bill a priority and bring it up for a floor vote". The coalition believes that there is substantial support for the bill and it would likely pass if voted upon. Please contact your legislators and share the coalition's request. 

The following is story about how families of those killed by distracted drivers have kept the issue alive in the legislature. It highlights the attitude of Senate Majority Leader and insurance agent, Paul Gazelka. 
Senator Gazelka is key to getting the bill to the Senate floor. As you read, Senator Gazelka is now neutral but has set up a poll on the issue on his Facebook page.

We encourage you to take a minute to go to the following Facebook page, scroll down and complete Paul's poll. Thank you.
 
Dominic Sposeto
MIIAB Lobbyist