Bill Banning Smoking in Cars with Kids Present Passes the House Floor

Bill Banning Smoking in Cars with Kids Present Passes the House Floor

Legislation now heads to the Senate

SANTA FE, NM – House Bill 148, “No Smoking in Cars with Minors” sponsored by Rep. Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces) and Senator Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe) received a Do Pass with a bipartisan vote of 34-23 on the House floor this evening.

HB 148 proposes to amend sections of the motor vehicle code to prohibit smoking with a minor present in the vehicle and enact penalties for first and subsequent violations.

The bill was amended in the House Judiciary committee to give a judge the discretion to waive the $100 fee for a first conviction if the person completes a smoking cessation course. A second or subsequent conviction would be fined $100 per offense.

Representative Steinborn, the sponsor of the bill, was heartened to see bipartisan support for the bill.

“No child should have to sit in a car and be forced to breathe second hand smoke,” said Rep. Steinborn. “This legislation is needed to protect the health of our kids.”