From The Sacramento Bee:
Under legislation that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law today, California motorists can dictate, send or listen to text-based messages while they’re behind the wheel if they’re using voice-activated, hands-free devices. Brown’s signing of Assembly Bill 1536 alters state law to treat texting much as it does wireless telephone calls now: Motorists can engage in such activities provided that they are not holding cellular phones or other electronic devices. Assemblyman Jeff Miller, R-Corona, paints AB 1536, which takes effect Jan. 1, as allowing drivers to use the “most modern communications systems and devices while maintaining the safety of hands-free operation,” according to a legislative committee analysis.