AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine House overwhelmingly rejected a bill to prohibit the use of a handheld cell phones and other electronic devices while driving after representatives were assured that a broader bill to deal with distracted drivers will appear. The House voted 103-43 to reject the bill.

During a debate Thursday, opponents said they objected to exceptions listed in the bill, including police, corrections officers, firefighters, commercial drivers, doctors and others who use handheld cell phones while driving as part of their employment.

Rep. Douglas Thomas, a Ripley Republican, said the bill would let someone driving a 100,000-pound logging truck in a snowstorm talk on the cell phone, while banning it for someone driving a car in dry conditions.