At Issue: May 13 - Status of Hands-Free Cell Phone Bill; Mary Giuliani Stephens, Rebecca Otto in Studio

May 13, 2018 06:09 PM

Hands-Free Cell Phone Bill Clears Key Hurdle in House; Fate Uncertain in Senate

With one week left in the legislative session, KSTP will be watching what happens with some major pieces of legislation this week that impact Minnesotans.


One bill that's getting a lot of attention is a hands-free cell phone bill. The bill took a major step forward last week with the House Ways and Means committee approving the bill for a floor vote. That vote has yet to be scheduled. The bill's fate is less certain in the Senate. 

Families of loved ones killed in distracted driving crashes gathered at the Capitol this week to share their stories and urge lawmakers to pass the bill that would ban hand-held cell phone use in a vehicle while driving. If it's approved, Minnesota would become the 17th state in the U.S. with this type of ban. Gov. Mark Dayton has said he would sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

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Governor Candidate Conversations: Mary Giuliani Stephens, Rebecca Otto in Studio

Our conversations with candidates running for governor in Minnesota wrap up this week with our final two candidates.

Mary Giuliani Stephens is running for the GOP endorsement. She is currently in her second term as the mayor of Woodbury. Stephens says she brings a fresh perspective to the race and the Republican party. Her background includes work as a lawyer, and she's been active with local nonprofit and community groups.

Rebecca Otto is seeking the DFL endorsement for governor. She has served as State Auditor since 2007, a position she says requires strong fiscal oversight of state taxpayer dollars. Otto is also a former state representative, school board member, teacher and business owner. 


Amanda Theisen

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