Part of the problem in passing a new law is that no individual lawmaker has stepped up to put their full weight behind it. There is also no strong lobbying body pushing that lawmaker forward. In fact, only one Florida lawmaker has been behind the previous incarnations of the bill.
“That’s the problem,” said Sen. Nancy Detert, the Republican from Venice who has sponsored bills to ban texting and driving at least four times and plans to file a bill again next year. “There’s no lobbying corps for or against it.”
Perhaps there’s a solution to that problem. Disney and Darden made headlines last week as two in a growing number of companies and local governments to prohibit employees from texting while driving.
And they just so happen to be two very influential players in the Capitol. In the past two years, Disney has contributed more than $3.5 million to Florida political candidates and committees, while Darden wrote checks for more than half a million.
Perhaps efforts to convince these private corporations to step-up their efforts to push through a statewide ban will have the desired impact proponents of a distracted driving ban expect.