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Videos: 2007-2008 Legislation (most recent first)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

State Senator Simitian and CHP Officer Tammy Du Temple discuss SB 1613, which requires drivers who choose to talk on a cellphone to use a hands-free device. Senator Simitian's bill went into effect July 1, 2008.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, and the California Highway Patrol reminded drivers Monday that they have to switch from hand-held cell phones to hands-free devices by July 1.

The new law, authored by Simitian, prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using any type of cell phone while driving. Anyone over 18 can drive and talk on the phone while using a hands-free device.

Full story with video on CBS 5 website

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Get ready to put down that cell phone if you’re behind the wheel. Starting July 1, 1008, the state’s new hands-free cell phone law goes into effect. You can still use your phone, you just can’t hold it in your hand if you’re driving.

Soon, driving and holding a cell phone will be illegal in California, and talking on the phone in your car will look safer with a hands-free set.

Full story with video on ABC 7 website

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Amy Hollyfield of ABC 7 (KGO San Francisco) reports on California's new cell phone laws. Her report features an interview with Senator Joe Simitian, the author of the laws.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Senator Simitian presents his SB 1399 for a vote in the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Commerce Committee. Richard Treanor, Sunnyvale homeowner, speaks on behalf of the bill. SB 1399 would make amendments to California's Solar Shade Act that would clarify and rationalize the rules for resolving disputes between neighbors about trees that shade solar panels.

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