Smoking in cars with children to remain legal

Smoking in cars with children to remain legal

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A bill that would have banned smoking in a car with a child younger than 8 has failed to advance past a House committee.

House Bill 284, sponsored by Rep. Jay Seegmiller, D-Sandy, would have made smoking in a car with a child present a secondary offense, meaning police would have had to pull over a driver for another traffic infraction first before issuing a $45 smoking citation.

The bill had the support of law enforcement, but died Friday on a 7-to-3 vote because some lawmakers feared it infringed on personal property rights.

A similar effort made it through the Senate last year, but failed in the House.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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