Massachusetts: As the ban on texting while driving bill stalls, lobbyists cash in

As families of loved ones killed by drivers distracted by cellphones rallied at the State House Wednesday, 5 Investigates found lobbyists have been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to influence legislation that would ban hand-held cellphone use while driving in Massachusetts.

The state Senate passed the bill last year and Gov. Charlie Baker has already said he supports it.

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But it’s been stuck in a House committee for more than a year, raising questions about behind the scenes maneuvering and the influence of lobbyists.