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.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (10)
  1. SpecialEd says:

    Awesome, so we are going to save the kid from 2 cigarettes a day in the car going to and from school. However, when he gets home, mom and dad are still going to smoke a full pack each.

    So what is this law really supposed to accomplish…..

  2. Sheeple says:

    Welcome to East Coast California…..Such a Lovely place….The East coast nanny state….Where common sense has no place….Feel the legislative warm embrace..(fill in the blank)

  3. Bob Higginbotham says:

    The state senate wastes time debating something that is none of their business and won’t be enforced while we face another major tax increase by an irresponsible legislature. Two years ago they passed a law prohibiting use of hand held cellphones while driving. It was a waste of time and paper.

  4. RustysChaos says:

    Just wait for the home visits to see if you are raising your children in a fashon that fits Maryland regulations. I agree with the intention but this over the top. I am not a smoker but this strikes me as stupid. What is next, having police look in your windows to see if you smoke in front of your kids at home? How about unapproved books they can read. 1984 was only 28 years ago.

  5. Bill says:

    Maryland government blows. They are a band of A..holes with no clue as to what the residents really want. 20% of 14 yearolds smoke daily in Maryland !! The staate cannot win the war on marijuana or prescription pills in our schools and they certainly cannot never win the war on Tobacco? Until we have enforcement and proper education starting at the elementry and middle scool level were sunk. The politicians attack tobacco because they still get tax money from out ragious tax moneys associated with the Tobacco settlements. If they really want to help the children outlaw king alcohol.

  6. Michael says:

    I have a great idea concerning this complete waste of time by our elected officials… if this should pass, everyone go to the nearest store and purchase the cheapest Child Safety Seat you can find(this will be for people who do not already have children), and install it in your car. Then the 1st time you get pulled over because you were smoking in your vehicle, (and got pulled over because the officer noticed you smoking and also a child safety seat installed), you will then have merit to file a lawsuit against the police department for not only harassment but for profiling as well. By the articles’ own admission, changing the age limit from 16 to 8 years of age will enable the offices to enforce this law easier, (because most children under the age of 8 will still be in some sort of child safety seat. Hey lawmakers, I realize that this is Maryland and that this is mostly a “Blue” State, but start keeping your noses and idiotic ideas out of your residents private lives. Next you will want to ban couples from having children in the 1st place, because one of them smokes.

  7. pook says:

    watch out for the smoke police to bust down the door with a warrant for smokes in the home if you have a young child, the state will know because you get the birth certificates from them and its all computerized, they will run the dates and then check your home, wait and see

  8. Essexman says:

    This is the most stupid thing I’ve ever heard the politicians consider. Stay out of my life. Vote these idiots out before its to late. The people of Maryland are like sheep to the slaughter. Tax, tax, tax, invasion of privacy, corruption, greed, illegals, etc. These politicians rape us because we let them.

  9. yousefthe giant says:

    I could I have the i minute of my life back that it took to read this useless piece of drivel?….Who in the fuc is gonna enforce it?…We actually sent these people to Annapolis???? Please.

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