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Posted: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 5:00 pm | Updated: 6:13 pm, Wed Mar 5, 2014.

The state House voted Wednesday to take from Arizona's newest driver the right to drive and use their cell phones.

HB 2359 spells out that teens with a learner's permit can neither talk on a phone nor text while behind the wheel. The same restriction applies to teens for the first six months after they get a license.

The measure drew opposition from several legislators who said it is the job of parents to decide driving restrictions on their teens. Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, called the legislation “a slippery slope, because this is step one is removing the privilege of all drivers to use their cell phones.””

But Rep. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, pointed out the state already restricts what teen drivers can do, including what hours they can drive and who else they can have in their vehicles. The 41-17 vote sends the measure to the Senate.

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