Texting and driving in Arizona will soon be illegal statewide. The House voted 44-16 Thursday to pass HB 2316, which will ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving. The bill was sponsored by Prescott Representative Noel Campbell and if signed into law, it will be active beginning January 1st, 2021. For first offense, drivers will be fined at least 75-dollars. A second offense will carry a penalty of at least 150-dollars. If the person causes an accident while texting or using a device while holding it while driving, it will be a Class One misdemeanor. The bill is the harshest of the three bills debated by lawmakers. Last week, Governor Ducey said if the legislature would get him the bill, he would sign it. The bill now heads to his desk. Until the law goes into effect, city and county ordinances will remain in place. Arizona is one of three states that currently does not restrict hand-held phone use while driving.