ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is about to sign into law a bill that will require Minnesota motorists to use hands-free devices when they're driving while phoning.

The bill cleared its final legislative hurdle Thursday when the Senate approved compromise language 48-12. The final version dropped a provision that would have allowed for phones tucked under headwear such as hijabs.

The signing ceremony is set for Friday. The law will take effect Aug. 1.

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Sponsors say the experience of 16 other states and the District of Columbia with similar distracted-driving laws shows they save lives.

Minnesota already bans texting, emailing and web browsing while driving. The law will carry a $50 fine for the first violation and $275 after that.

Lawmakers are considering separate legislation to increase penalties for texting while driving.