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House backs ban on drivers using social media

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A ban on posting to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter while driving appears likely to hit Louisiana's law books.

Both the House and Senate have easily approved the idea.

The proposal has one more stop before reaching final passage after getting unanimous House backing Thursday. The bill by Livingston Sen. Dale Erdey returns to the Senate for approval of a minor change.

Rep. Karen St. Germain said the measure would close a loophole in the state law that already prohibits texting while driving. The bill would add accessing, reading and posting to social media sites to that ban.

If passed into law, violators would face fines up to $175 for a first offense and larger fines for subsequent violations.

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Senate Bill 147 can be found at www.legis.la.gov

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