JUNEAU, Alaska -

A new bill banning texting while driving in Alaska goes into effect Friday. Gov. Sean Parnell signed the bill into law Thursday.

Lawmakers in 2008 passed legislation intended to ban texting while driving though it didn't say texting in the law. A magistrate in Kenai last year ruled the Legislature should have been explicit if it meant to prohibit the activity.

The bill passed by lawmakers during this year's regular session states that a person commits the crime of driving while texting if he or she reads or types a text or other non-voice message or communication on a cell phone, computer or something similar while driving.