To the editor:

Another session of the Minnesota Legislature is almost over. They agreed to a budget that reflects compromise on both sides of the aisle, for which they should be applauded.

Among the laws passed this year was the "hands-free cell phone" bill, an action that was long overdue. I checked into the stats and found legislators from our area voted against this bill. Why? Apparently they aren't interested in a law that hopefully will make our roads safer by cutting down on distracted driving. Thank God there were enough intelligent, informed legislators to vote for this much-needed law.

Beginning in August, drivers using their phones while driving could be penalized. So people, please hang up and drive - or face the consequences.

Carlene M. Dean

Osakis, MN