California cell phone bill moves to Senate

| 6/3/2003

A bill that would require drivers in California who use cell phones to have a hands-free device has passed the Assembly and is now before the Senate.

The Assembly approved AB45 May 29 by a vote of 49-27.

The bill, which was introduced by California Assemblyman Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, would set the fines for not having one of the devices at $20 for the first offense and $50 for every subsequent offense. Like many other cell phone proposals across the country, it makes an exception for people using the phones to make an emergency call.