Bill takes another run at banning smoking with kids in the car
Publication Date: 2011-01-13
- Author:Teri Finneman
- Publication:Bismarck Tribune
Students are the catalyst behind a bill that would ban smoking with children in the car.
A group of North Dakota lawmakers has submitted a bill to make it unlawful for drivers or passengers to smoke if kids under 13 are in the car.
House Bill 1150 says this is regardless of whether a window is down or if the vehicle is parked or on private property. The proposed fine is $50.
Bill co-sponsor Sen. Stan Lyson, R-Williston, said the bill stems from a group of Williston students.
â€œThey said to us, â€˜We feel like weâ€™re captive in our vehicle when our parents smoke, and itâ€™s not right,â€™ â€ Lyson said. â€œItâ€™s certainly not healthy. We agree completely with the children that brought it to our attention.â€
Last session, the bill failed with an age limit of 16. Sponsors decided to try the bill again with an age of 13, Lyson said.
â€œWe felt that the people that voted it down last time thought 16 was too old, so we went down to the elementary age,â€ Lyson said. â€œWe think, when they get into high school, theyâ€™re big enough to tell mom and dad, â€˜Donâ€™t smoke in front of me.â€™ â€
Lyson, a former smoker, said the bill is for the health of the stateâ€™s children.