• Aug 29th 2006 at 3:02PM
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Senators in California are close to passing a bill that would prohibit smoking in vehicles carrying children who are required by law to ride in a child seat. The bill proposed by Assemblyman Paul Koretz (D-West Hollywood) recently received a 23-14 vote that sent it back to the Assembly, and with our underdeveloped comprehension of state politics we can't really tell you how close that means the bill is to landing on the Governator's desk, but we think it's pretty close. And to think I was freaked out when I last visited California because I couldn't light up in a bowling alley. A bowling alley!
Proponents argue that the bill is an attempt to "protect the health of children who cannot protect themselves." We'll let that one go because we're sure you'll pick it up in the comments, but we will point out something else from the linked article, which is that on the same day the smoking ban was approved the California Senate shot down an alternative fuel bill. This bill would require that at least half of the vehicles sold in California be classified as clean-running alternative vehicles by 2020.

Why bring up both bills? Well, because it seems like the smoking ban bill is something that can be easily passed and forgotten about until election time, whereas the alternative fuel bill, which would join a host of other strict California emissions laws, would be a logistical nightmare. It would no doubt infuriate the auto industry to no end, which does still have some political clout in this country, as we're sure it's getting tired of the Golden State single-handedly setting this nation's environmental policy when it comes to autos.

Thanks for tip, James!

[Source: Mercury News]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      i smoke but i throught this was a free country but the way thing are going i wonder what are the next thing they are going to take away from us what about the people that smoke what are they going to domi dont think they have the right to tell us we cant smoke in our cars .that those big guys that we let in office thank you
      • 9 Years Ago
      People who support bills such as this are complete IDIOTS! There are more laws on the books now than there was 50 years ago, and society is going to hell in a hand basket...............chronic law making does not make a better society. Gov't intervention on this level goes beyond the basis for the USA. Which, in case all the idiots voting for this kinda crap forgot.................... FREEDOM and DEMOCRACY.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Did you know France is considering banning smoking too? I personally can't stand smokers, but I'm not going to be a hypocrite and am going to stand by my "to each their own" ideals. Still, it would be very nice, although most of my buddies would still probably smoke in their cars, being a very tough law to enforce.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Micromanagement from the government will know no boundaries. This will just force these kids to be locked in doors with their chain-smoking parents. It would make more sense to ban the sale of cigarettes. (Anyone else notice that the baby isn't properly strapped into the car seat - let's give them a ticket for that too)
      • 9 Years Ago
      I agree with the ideal behind this law. However, this is a "free country", not a dictatorship or communist. It is a shame that people do smoke in enclosed spaces around children. I don't know that it CAUSES cancer but it definately causes other problems such as sinus infections, also it does make it more likely to get cancer if you already have other risk factors. It is poison after all.

      On the other hand why should the govornment have the power to ticket a citizen for enjoying resonably harmless recreation in thier personal property when the state of California has such a problem with illegal immigrants. For gods sake kick them out and STOP GIVING THEM WELLFARE!
      • 9 Years Ago

      fact a.) the taxes paid by the smokers in this country finance the entire military.

      fact b.) although you are unlikely to know where to look or be persistant enough to learn this on your own, secondhand smoke is not at all dangerous to others and; in fact, appears to be beneficial.
      Marie Sykes
      • 3 Years Ago
      I couldn't agree more, there's nothing worse than seeing poor kids in the back of a car when theres smokers in the front puffing away! I'm an ex-smoker of 20+ years but I would never have exposed my kids to my second-hand smoke so in my opinion a ban will help protect those kids who cannot protect themselves. http://www.e-smokereviews.com
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is getting terrible. I am not a smoker, but I am glad restaurants have it to where there is no smoking. I know I do not allow smoking in my car. I am on the neutral side, non smoking people have their rights and smokers have their rights to. Now, people cannot even smoke in their own cars with their children, what do you think windows are for? What is next, people not being able to smoke in their own homes? Will it end up being if you smoke do not have children. Why did government people not worry about 2nd hand smoke when cigarettes were introduced. My thoughts is go after the companies that produce them and fine them for making the nasty things. Whatever happened to this being the United States, Land of the Free.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I want all the TWINS born from now on.
      • 9 Years Ago
      When I learned to drive, it took both hands & both feet to keep a car going. there was the steering wheel, (no power steering), A clutch, a manual brake, and 4 on the floor. some cars had overdrive, but you still needed both hands and feet to keep going.
      Tires only lasted 10-20,000 miles, GAS WAS 5 gal for a DOLLAR. Air cond was fine, if you left the windows open. I'm 73, I made it w/o 100 damn vehicle laws.
      So can YOU.!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe California's leftist legislature should just pass a law outlining what you ARE allowed to do from when you open your eyes, to when you go to sleep. It would be simpler. By the way, I'm glad all the child molestors and murderers have been caught so the cops and the courts can focus on this important stuff.
      Nancy Ryan
      • 9 Years Ago
      As a non-smoker all my life, I'm thrilled. I had sinus problems since childhood because my parents smoked non-stop. I hated it then, I hate it now. It's child abuse to subject babies and children to secondhand smoke.
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