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TWIN FALLS • It takes only one law to cite a texting driver.

Tonight, the Twin Falls City Council will consider ditching the city’s ban on texting while driving in response to passage of a similar ban by the Idaho Legislature. 

The new statewide law bans texting while driving and is similar to a Twin Falls city ordinance. Repealing the law will provide clarity to officers who must enforce the ban, said Capt. Anthony Barnhart in a letter to the council members.

If approved, the ordinance would stay in place until July 1, when the state law goes into effect.

The council will also wrap up loose ends concerning the transfer of a parking lot to the Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency and city-owned land near Rock Creek Park to Twin Falls County. The Rock Creek transfer is part of a swap in which the city gains acreage on Shoup Avenue that officials hope to turn into a dog park and community garden. 

The council will also consider accepting a land donation from Twin Falls developer Gerald Martens. Currently, Martens owns about three acres of property along the canal on Filer Avenue West. If Martens were to develop the property, it would require moving the entire canal to a pipe underground, according to the agenda.

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