An attempt to amend a state Senate bill on drunk driving penalties, to include texting while driving, fails on the House floor.
House Minority Leader Scott Inman of Del City wanted to specifically ban texting while driving, but his amendment was tabled.
"The people of Oklahoma want texting while driving banned. But also, make no mistake about it, the majority party is the only party - the only group in the state - standing in the way from that happening," Inman said.
Representative Jeff Hickman of Dacoma said the bill seeks to make sure first-time drunk driving offenders don't have charges watered down.
"To take first-time non aggravated DUI charges, take it down to reckless driving, take a four-point hit on someone's record. Make it a serious, serious offense instead of just making it go away," Hickman said.
Governor Fallin will now consider signing the Senate bill, which passed the House on Tuesday.
(Rep. Jeff Hickman, (R) - Dacoma.)
(House Minority Leader Scott Inman, (D) - Del City.)