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Published August 16, 2010, 08:14 PM

Texting Ban Hits Another Roadblock At GF City Council

Some on the council feel the issue needs to be addressed now, while others want the Service/Safety Committee to review the ordinance again.

By: Meagan Millage, WDAZ

The texting while driving ban has hit another road block in the Grand Forks City Council tonight. Some on the council feel the issue needs to be addressed now, while others want the Service/Safety Committee to review the ordinance again.

The ordinance was first brought to the council in June, and at that time the council debated its terms and decided to send it to the Service/Safety Committee for a recommendation.

Tonight, City Council President Hal Gershman urged the council to vote on the issue, stating that they've waited on it too long.

But Council Member and Committee Chairman Curt Kreun said the committee has not yet made a recommendation on the ordinance.

Discussions from June's meeting such as adding distracted driving and defining the terms were also discussed a bit tonight.

Council Member Doug Christensen pushed for a vote to send the ordinance back to the Service/Safety Committee to get a final recommendation.

"The texting while driving- the data is in. And I feel, I would hope that tonight we could have a vote on this," City Council President Hal Gershman said.

"Procedurely that's the status of this, and I don't think it belongs up here as an item for us to consider to vote up or down because there's been no committee report. That's the process, process is important," Doug Christensen, City Council Member from Ward 5, said.

The council also recommended forming a downtown parking task force to help solve parking issues faced by a growing downtown Grand Forks.

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