By JOHN LEWIS-SWEENEY, Associated PressAUSTIN (AP) A Texas bill that would allow Texas residents to buy a cellphone plan through a phone bill has saved $1.4 million, an official said Wednesday.
The measure was introduced by Rep. Michael Bost, R-Dallas, on Thursday, though it was not yet fully approved by the Texas House.
It was not clear if the bill would pass the Senate, but it’s a major step in the fight against high cellphone prices.
The bill is the first time a cellphone bill has been introduced in Texas since the state’s first cellphone plan, which was established in the 1960s, was enacted.
That bill expired in 2012.
It has been in the works since 2012.
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The state’s current cellphone plan costs about $70 per month.
The new plan would be $70 more per month, with some discounts for higher income earners.
The law would allow residents to use the phone plan as a debit to pay for services such as utilities, rent, groceries and rent.
The bill is also designed to save money on the cost of cellphone services.
The plan would also allow Texans to get wireless phone service from a wireless carrier.
The state has no other wireless service.