Md. Senate Debate On Vehicle Smoking Ban Continues
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland senators will continue debating a bill to outlaw smoking in a vehicle with a passenger younger than 8.
The Senate is expected to consider the bill Monday evening.
Lawmakers amended the bill Friday, changing the age at which a child cannot be exposed to smoking in a car to 16.
However, after supporters of the bill appeared to realize they had voted in error, the amendment was overturned.
Proponents said that while second-hand smoke is harmful to children of all ages, limiting the ban to children under 8 will make the law easier to enforce.
They said police officers will know a child under 8 is in the car because until that age children are required to ride in car seats.
More amendments are expected on the bill Monday.
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