Ohio Senate panel to make changes to texting bill


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio Senate committee is taking another look at a proposal to ban texting while driving in the state.

The bill is slated for revisions and a possible vote on Wednesday. It would make writing, reading and sending text messages while driving a minor misdemeanor with possible fines of $150.

The GOP-controlled House passed the bill in June, but it's been stalled in the Senate since last fall.

Senate President Tom Niehaus (NEE'-hows) has said he has concerns with enforcing the ban. He told reporters Tuesday that changes to the bill were being discussed, including an amendment to keep 16- and 17-year-olds from using electronic devices behind the wheel.

Niehaus said the proposal could be voted on by the full Senate on Thursday.