Legislative Roundup: Little interest in cell phone laws

By on January 21, 2013


Not silenced yet: Firearms suppressors II
After being shot down by the House last week, state senators have redrafted a bill that would make owning a silencer legal as long as hunters did not use it to gun down big game. Introduced Monday, the bill would legalize suppressors and silencers for recreational use and for small game on private property.

Little interest in cell phone laws

Senate File 93 was struck down in committee by a 3-2 vote. The bill would prohibit using a cell phone in a vehicle unless making a 911 call or using hands-free technology. Sen. Floyd Esquibel was the main sponsor. He brought up the bill on five previous occasions and said he will not quit until it becomes law. Esquibel sponsored legislation that made texting and driving illegal in Wyoming.

Another bill, Senate File 116, would make cell phone use by bus drivers illegal unless using a hands-free device. The bill was tabled until further expert testimony could be heard. Many school districts have internal policies on cell phone use already in place.

Christensen’s hitchhiking bill thumbs a ride out of committee

The passing of Senate File 29 would make Wyoming one of 43 states that already allow hitchhiking. Sen. Leland Christensen sponsored the bill after a local constituent complained to him that he was hassled for thumbing a ride back to the top of the Pass.

“It’s a free choice,” Christensen said. “It’s a free choice get a ride, and it’s a free choice to pick someone up.”

Opponents of legalizing roadside solicitation of rides say it could provide a breeding ground for criminals, especially near the state penitentiary in Rawlins. The bill saw much debate and moved on only after being amended to include WYDOT’s participation in erecting signs near Rawlins warning motorists of the dangers of picking up strangers near the ‘big house.’

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