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As Rick Perry Preps Run at White House, He Explains Veto on "Texting While Driving" Bill

This just in from the Associated Press: "Key advisers to Texas Gov. Rick Perry are beginning to lay the groundwork for a campaign for Iowa's leadoff GOP presidential caucuses in case the Republican decides to seek the 2012 nomination." And, this just in from Texas Gov. Rick Perry's office: He's vetoed House Bill No. 242, which would have made texting on state roads and highways an offense punishable with an up-to-$200 fine. Why the no-go? Says the governor:

Texting while driving is reckless and irresponsible. I support measures that make our roads safer for everyone, but House Bill 242 is a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults. Current law already prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from texting or using a cell phone while driving. I believe there is a distinction between the overreach of House Bill 242 and the government's legitimate role in establishing laws for teenage drivers who are more easily distracted and laws providing further protection to children in school zones.

It's a recurring theme throughout Perry's releases this evening: He wants to "limit government intrusion into Texans' lives." Oh, really?


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