Alabama House votes to ban smoking in cars carrying minors
The Associated Press
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama House of Representatives has voted to make it illegal to smoke in a car carrying a child.
Under the bill, violators would be fined $100.
Representatives on Tuesday voted 41-30 for the bill by Rep. Rolanda Hollis, a Democrat from Birmingham. The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate.
Hollis says her aim is to protect children from second-hand smoke. While adults can choose whether to smoke, she said children don't have any choice when they are riding in a confined space with a smoker.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, eight states and Puerto Rico already have similar restrictions:
California, Oregon and Puerto Rico, minors under 18
Maine and Utah, minors under 16
Arkansas, minors under 14
Louisiana, minors under 13
Vermont, minors under 9
Virginia, minors under 8
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