Republican senators sent strong signals Tuesday that they intend to put up a fight over a bill that would ban smoking in a vehicle occupied by a child under 8 -- a proposal some
The legislation, sponsored by Montgomery County Democratic Sen.
Action on the bill was delayed until Friday, giving critics time to prepare amendments that could weaken the bill. The legislation would provide for a $50 fine for drivers who smoke or allow a passenger to smoke while a child under 8 is in the vehcile, with an exception for mobile homes being used as a residence.
The bill's floor leader, Sen.
"These kids have zero chance and they're being poisoned," said Zirkin, a former opponent who said he changed his mind about the bill becausee of the weight of scientific evidence.
But Republican senators suggested the bill goes too far.
"This is just another opportunity for police officers to impose themselves in our daily lives," said Sen.