Harms priorities involve safety, debit card holds

State Senator John Harms of Scottsbluff says his probable priority legislation will deal with making seat belt infractions, cell phone use, texting, and other distracted driving issues that are currently secondary violations primary violations.

Harms says he has been asked by safety organizations and law enforcement to bring Nebraska up to standard with the rest of the country on such violations. Harms says seat belt infractions and other distracted driving is difficult for Police officers to enforce as a secondary violation and he notes a lot of the push back on seat belts comes from people who live in the country.

Harms says his priority is saving lives, and that is why his legislation will push for a review and change of the safety laws.

Harms says he will also introduce legislation to eliminate businesses from placing additional debit credit card holds on transactions.

Harms says it has become common practice for some businesses to not only hold back the amount of your transaction, but also additional money from your account for up to as much as three days. Harms says for businesses to take more than the transaction from your debit card is not right and reduces the individual's "buying power."

Harms says the additional money being withheld from an account can be extremely difficult for young families, especially when they are on extended trips and more money than they have spent has been charged to their account.

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