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Rep. Ford introduces the ‘J.T. Williamson Act’

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J.T. Williamson and Jill Ford after an episode of "The JT Show"

Representative Jill Ford, R-Madison, has filed a bill named after the late J.T. Williamson.

HB 429, titled the “J.T. Williamson Act” in memory of the former SuperTalk Mississippi radio host, would make texting while driving a misdemeanor with a $500 fine.

Whether it was on or off the radio, Williamson often talked about how the texting and driving law in Mississippi needed to be stricter. Current Mississippi Code has a civil penalty of $100.

Williamson, a staple of Mississippi talk radio, passed away on July 31, 2021, after a hard-fought battle with lymphoma.

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