House Bill 308 – Handheld Devices Restriction Ban

On January 9, 2020, State Representative Joe Palmer (R-Meridian) introduced House Bill 308 (H0308), which amends section 49-208, Idaho code.

The purpose of H0308 is to prohibit local authorities from adopting ordinances that restrict handheld wireless devices while driving. It also eliminates any such restrictive local regulations as of July 1, 2020. In House Bill 308,  the state level definition for distracted driving is also clarified to include grooming, consuming food and the use of handheld devices.

The fiscal note of House Bill 308 has minimal impacts to cities with existing regulations that would have collected fees from citations. 

H0308 was referred to the Transportation and Defense Committee on January 10, 2020. 


Bill Details

Number: H0308 (2020)
Title: Handheld devices, restriction ban
Text | Statement of Purpose

Sponsor: Representative Joe Palmer (R-Meridian)

Bill Status: House Transportation and Defense Committee (01.10.2020)

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