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Perry Vetoes Texting While Driving Bill

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry has vetoed a bill that would have outlawed sending or reading text messages while driving.

Lawmakers approved the bill last month, but Perry called it an "overreach" and "government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults."

It was one of 23 bills Perry vetoed Friday, in addition to a handful of line item vetoes in the state budget.

Perry set the known record for vetoes by a Texas governor in 2001 with 83, according to the Texas Legislative Reference Library. That was shortly after he ascended to the governorship in December 2000, once fellow Republican George W. Bush resigned to become president.

Bush had far fewer vetoes during his tenure as governor. His highest total for a legislative session was 38 in 1997.

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