<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=197062" target="_blank"> Rhode Island legalizes MMA </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=197062" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=100&q=75&x=37&y=56&w=310&h=165&ro=0&s=AB6564EF-1D09-6BFC-E542464665E18778.jpg" /></a> <strong class="ArticleSource">[projo.com]</strong> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <p>The House Corporations Committee has passed a bill that would prohibit driving while text-messaging.<br />
The bill, which already has passed the Senate, now goes to the full House for a vote.
Supporters of the measure say drivers who were text-messaging have been responsible for several accidents, including some fatal crashes. Some committee members had concerns about how the police will be able to determine whether drivers were texting before a crash, but voted for the bill nonetheless.
Text-messaging while driving is already banned in at least 10 states -- including Connecticut -- and the District of Columbia.
The committee also passed a controversial bill that would allow mixed martial arts fighting in the state. The form of hand-to-hand competition combines wrestling, boxing and other fighting forms.