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Lawmakers delay vote on texting while driving bill

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Lawmakers on the Senate Transportation Committee put off voting on a bill that would ban texting and driving.

Right now, it's basically in limbo. The goal Wednesday from supporters of the anti-texting bill was very simple get the Transportation Committee and the Senate to say 'yes' and move onto the floor for a vote.

Supporters want people to understand this is a people issue, a rights issue for the innocent.

The goal for supporters of the anti-texting bill was simple--persuade the Transportation Committee to say 'yes' to no texting and driving in Texas.

The texting bill also known as the Alex Brown Memorial Act has lost momentum before.

Governor Rick Perry vetoed it last session after it had passed through the House and Senate. Perry described the bill as government micromanagement.

"I was fuming, screaming, yelling and so frustrated," said Jeannie Brown, who is spearheaded the bill.

Brown's daughter Alex was headed to school, driving and texting when she crashed her truck and died in the process teaching her mother a lesson.

"Then Alex died and I'm not really good at it and I'm a bad example for other people around me. So I choose to quit texting and driving and people are going are you going to work to get a law passed and I'd say no because we don't need a law," Brown said.

Three years later, Brown changed her mind texting isn't only a teenager thing. Adults are guilty as well and so is the state for lagging behind on enforcement.

"Texas is so far ahead of the nation in so many ways and in this one very important public safety issue we are well behind the power curve... and I think it's a disgrace really," said Jennifer Jamison.

Jamison lost her son Javier to a texting crash. She's from California, one of 40 states that ban texting and driving.

"Unfortunately this 8oz piece of equipment is also a killing machine when you combine it with a 4,000 pound vehicle," said Jamison. 

Kathy Bond lost her daughter to texting and driving but she's not happy that her home state is dragging this bill along.

"This is the great state of Texas but this is something that's not so great about Texas is that it's okay to kill somebody and not be punished for it," Bonds said.

The person responsible for her daughter's death served no time, not even a traffic ticket for plowing into the back of car near Waco while texting.

"Not to have the person who did it not be punished anyway what so ever makes no sense to me . I don't understand that," said Bonds.

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