The Minnesota Senate is expected to vote soon on a bill banning cell phone use while behind the wheel–unless in hands-free mode. The House passed the compromise bill Tuesday with bipartisan support–though some, like Republican Steve Drazkowski of Mazeppa said the bill is confusing…”This bill is not ready, it’s going to cause heartache and problems for the people of Minnesota.”

But the bill’s author, Democratic Representative Frank Hornstein of Minneapolis countered…”We know this bill will save lives, we know it has had a dramatic impact in other states where it was passed.”

If passed, Minnesota would be the 18th state to have a hands-free driving law on the books. Governor Walz says if it comes to his desk, he’ll sign the bill.