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Proposal to Ban Smoking in Cars Headed to Hearing

The bill would apply when children 6-years-old and younger are in the car.



Described as an effort to educate the public on the health risks of second-hand smoke, a proposed bill seeks to ban smoking in cars with passengers 6-years-old and younger.

The bill, introduced by state Rep. Henry J. Genga (D-East Hartford), calls for a warning for the first violation and a ticket and fine for subsequent violations. "A violation would be considered a secondary infraction because the intent is to educate the public on the health risks of second-hand smoke," according to a press release from House Democrats.

The proposal (HB 5380) will be the subject of a public hearing before the legislature’s Transportation Committee, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20. It will be held in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

Do you support this bill?

WoodbridgeWatch February 19, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Our police don't have enough to do- some legislator wants to make a name for themselves with another nanny state unrealistic waste of time? Must be a slow news day in Bethwood if this drivel is all you've got.
Jaimie Cura February 19, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Reader Trish Santagata posted on the Bethwood Patch Facebook page: "6 years and younger! It should be 18 and younger!" www.facebook.com/bethwoodpatch
Gary Jeanfaivre February 20, 2013 at 04:45 PM
According to his press secretary, state Sen. Joseph Crisco Jr. favors the concept, but has not yet reviewed the specific language of this proposed bill. Other readers have questioned how it would be enforced since children do not carry IDs and why the age was set at 6 and not, for example, 7 or 8. What do you think?

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