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Alyssa Swadley
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Texting and Driving:

What is really important?

We are all guilty of it, but dont want to admit it. Glancing at our phones
or texting while operating a motor vehicle. But when do we stop and say that
enough is enough, that my life is more important than a text. Most every person
has a phone nowadays. Teens are more likely to cause or be in a wreck due to
texting and driving.
Many people dont realize the impact it can have on others. Not looking at
the road for two seconds could cause you to run a red light, hitting a family, and
ruining the rest of your life. Texting and driving should be illegal, because it is
dangerous, other states have done so already, and it is one of the top 10 causes of
casualty wrecks.
Along with nine other states, New York has made texting while driving
illegal. Why have only 9 out of 50 states made it illegal? I believe that it should be
illegal in all states, due to all of the fatalities that it causes every day. Though
some see it as a way to contact others, I see it as a distraction. There are many
things that distract us from the road as it is, why should we keep something that
hurts and kills people legal when there is access to making it illegal?

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When people look at how we treat texting and driving, they see it as a
way for us to target teenage drivers, and that we are just coming up with an
excuse. When the reality of it is, that those of us who want to make it illegal, and
make it a big deal have either had family involved in this occurrence, or have
been victims ourselves. I see it as a way to protect ourselves. I dont want to be
driving down the road one day with my nephew, family, and be struck by a person
because they were texting and driving. People can sit there and say that they are
the best at texting and driving. When did that become an accomplishment?
When it comes to making something illegal, there are many steps
involved. Though it may seem like it just takes making a law and voting on it, it
takes much more than that. Lets look at the steps to making a law.
Step 1. A legislation is introduced. Any member can introduce a piece of
legislation. Then the legislation is handed to the clerk of the house. The senate is
the next step. During this step, members must gain recognition of the presiding
officer to announce the introduction of a bill during the morning. Also, if any
senator objects, the introduction is postponed until the next day.
Steps during Senate: The bill is assigned a number. The bill is labeled with
the sponsors name. The bill is sent to the Governor printing office. Senate bills
can be jointly sponsored. Members can cosponsor the piece of legislation.
Next, comes the Committee action which involves placing the bill in the
appropriate committee by the speaker of the house. The bill can be presented to
more than one committee, and it may be split so that certain parts are sent to
certain committees. Then comes the floor action which involves three steps.

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Step one: The Legislation is placed on the calendar. In the house, bills are
placed on one of four house calendars. They are placed on the calendar in
occurrence to the order in which they were reported. Though it doesnt always
follow this specific schedule, some laws dont even make it to the floor. In the
Senate, it is placed on the legislative calendar. There is also an executive calendar,
which deals with treaties and nominations. In this, bills can be taken to the floor
when a majority of the senate chooses.
Step Two: Debate. In the House, debate has rules which are formulated by
the Rules Committee.