Resignation of lawmaker for new job could revive teen texting measure
PHOENIX — A decision by a Peoria lawmaker to take a job in the Trump administration could clear the way for Arizona to have its first-ever ban on teen texting while driving.
Republican Rep. Phil Lovas said he will be the regional advocate for the Small Business Administration. Lovas, an early Trump supporter, said he had put his name in for consideration with White House staff.
His last day in office will be the end of this week.
The move does more than set the stage for party workers in his district to recommend a replacement to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, which chooses a replacement. That new lawmaker, who would serve out the balance of the term, which runs through the end of next year, has to be a Republican like Lovas.