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Gov. Amends VA Drone Moratorium, Texting Ban Bills

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RICHMOND, Va.  - Gov. Bob McDonnell is adding exceptions to a bill that would ban the use of unmanned surveillance drone aircraft in Virginia and he's reducing fines for a new law that would ban texting while driving.
    
They are part of scores of amendments he's offering to legislation the General Assembly passed in its 2013 session ahead of a Monday midnight deadline. Among the larger issues are amendments to his marquee transportation funding reforms and conditions for expanding Medicaid in Virginia.
    
McDonnell's amendments keep in place a broad ban on government use of spy drones with exceptions for search-and-rescue operations.
    
His amendment to the texting-while-driving ban makes it a primary offense, but it brings the fines more into line with existing offenses such as reckless driving.

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3/25/2013 6:58:24 PM (GMT -4:00)

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