Democratic Senator Steve Farley of Tucson said deaths and injuries caused by drivers who were distracted by texting make a compelling argument for the ban. He gave several examples of horrific accidents caused by distracted drivers.
Senate President Andy Biggs argued against the amendment. The Republican said state law already makes reckless driving illegal and a texting ban is not required.
The amendment failed on a 16-to-12 party-line vote Tuesday with two Senators absent.