CELLPHONE FINES: Democratic Sen. Joe Simitian will take another stab at raising penalties for using cell phones while driving today when Senate Transportation and Housing takes up Senate Bill 1310. The measure also extends the ban to bicyclists.
The bill is much like one that drew a gubernatorial veto last year, but raises base fines by just $10.
The idea is that the fee increase will pay for education on the perils of talking or texting while moving down the road. The hearing starts at 1:30 p.m. in room 4203 at the Capitol.