Law needs to be thought through
Lots of good commentary here.
I have several thoughts on this.
First, in reply to the user who stated below, "...phones could be set to automatically cease operation in the proximity of a car's driver seat, making it impossible to text or call while driving..." Ok, despite best intentions, an accident occurs anyway for an unrelated reason. I go to call 911 and/or family for help...oh wait, I CAN'T. My phone's disabled. For this reason, in my opinion, this is a well-intentioned idea that isn't a good one when set to an absolute like that.
Second, in reply to the article, where the third paragraph starts: "The bill stipulates that the physical action necessary to disable the kill switch may only be taken by the rightful owner of the device or a person designated by the owner..." The problem with this also well-intentioned approach is, if the technology exists in the phone so the owner can disable it, chances are the thieves will figure out how to work that function to disable it. This puts us right back where we started. That alone makes this law likely an exercise in futility, in addition to the points made later in the article.
Finally, I'm with Mr. Preston on this. Businesses can make an offering and people will pay if they really want it. In general, consumers want more choice, not more mandatory features shoved down their throat (and the associated costs).
I do pay for tracking software to find my phone in case it's lost/stolen. A PIN is required to unlock it. Encryption software protects my sensitive data. If a thief is savvy enough to wipe my phone and/or strip it for spare parts before I can remote find/kill it, so be it. But if all I did is misplace my phone, I can at least find it again. Case in point: I wish this feature was available on my wife's older phone last week. She dropped it in the snow just outside the garage but didn't realize it was missing until she had gone to half a dozen places. This feature would have eliminated all places to search except home, narrowing the search tremendously, and we probably would have found it within the hour instead of half a day later.
Based on the above, the proposed law is not only unnecessary, it creates a burden that will help few (if any) and harm many. Therefore it would not make a good law & should not be passed.