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Ban on smoking in cars dies in house

Published 9:37am Monday, February 11, 2013



RICHMOND—A Senate bill that would have banned smoking in cars carrying children under age 15 was tabled Friday by a House committee.

Proposed by Sen. Ralph Northam, D-Norfolk, the bill had passed the Senate on Jan. 31 on a vote of 30-10. It then “crossed over” to the House for consideration.

Initially, the bill was assigned to the House Courts of Justice Committee. On Wednesday, that panel sent the bill to the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee.

On Friday, the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee tabled the legislation by voice vote. That likely kills the issue for this legislative session.

The bill sought to prohibit adults from smoking in a motor vehicle when a minor under 15 is present. Violators would have been subject to a $100 civil penalty.


  • Makalani

    Common sense prevailed as it should have — this year!

    But some politicians are a tenacious bunch with too much time on their hands. Many are thinking of their next campaign and having fodder for their campaign brochures:

    * Sponsored a bill to protect childrens’ lungs from nicotine addicts’ smoke while their nicotine-addicted parents are driving them to fastfood joints! lol

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  • FromHere

    It needed to die. Stupid law that would have been impossible to consistently enforce.

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  • obxstylist

    How bout this? Lets assign a cop to ride in every car and remind us what we can and cannot do? Please!!!! Nanny, get out of my business, my bedroom, my house…… dangerous liberty is preferable to fake safety by chains.

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