Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- If not for a last-minute amendment this year, West Virginia would likely have a partial ban on cell phone use while driving.
Kanawha County delegate Nancy Peoples Guthrie says she doesn't plan to waste that momentum.
The democrat says an interim committee is crafting a bill that will aim at banning texting outright for drivers while possibly restricting talking on cell phones.
Guthrie hopes that a proposal in Washington to make millions of dollars available to states that adopt such laws will help the legislation.
This year, Guthrie's bill passed the house by a wide margin but failed in the senate on the final day of the session.
An unrelated amendment was added to the bill, which effectively killed it as time expired.
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