House and Senate negotiators begin meeting at the Capitol Friday morning to hammer out a compromise on prohibiting cell phone use by drivers except in hands-free mode. A bill the Senate passed would allow G-P-S use and cell phones could be tucked under a headscarf or other clothing. The House bill has exceptions for emergencies and one-touch activation.

Governor Tim Walz said earlier about that: “I’m kind of a zero-sum on this that I think “no touch” is maybe the way to go but, as I said earlier, the House and Senate… have worked in this case of going through the process. They’ll get me something that I’m sure I can sign.”