The South Dakota Legislature has considered bans on texting while driving before — and rejected them all. Here’s a quick roundup of past attempts:
2010: House Bill 1178 actually got the closest to passage in the House, ultimately falling 34-33 in its second attempt.
2011: Senate Bill 71 passed the Senate 26-9 but was killed by the House Local Government Committee 8-5.
2012: House Bill 1129 was killed by its first committee, House State Affairs, 10-3.
2013: Senate Bill 142 passed the Senate 24-9 and is awaiting its hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.