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.”