House Bill 118 will prohibit a person, presumably an adult over the age of 18, from smoking in their vehicle if they have another person under the age of 18 as a passenger in their vehicle. The bill further holds that the prohibition does not apply to a person who is the sole occupant of that vehicle, and states that the police may not stop or detain a motor vehicle or its driver, nor may they inspect or search the car, soley for a violation or suspected violation fo this prohibition.
Which brings a question up in my mind: how will this violation be discovered then? I am all for preventing smoking around kids and babies as much as possible, but with less and less people smoking in this country and state, I do wonder if this bill is even necessary. Yes, my inner liberaltarian makes an appearance every now and then.
Another surprise: this is a Republican sponsored bill. It wasn’t too long ago that Republicans held cigarettes in such high esteem as they now hold guns and orange Floridian tyrants.
This bill is out of committee so it will likely get a vote in the House next week.
|HOUSE BILL 118 – PROHIBITION OF SMOKING IN VEHICLES WHEN MINOR IS PRESENT||Currrent Status – Out of Committee 5/3/23|
|House Sponsors – Hensley, Dukes, Hilovsky, Postles, Smith // Minor-Brown, Baumbach, Chukwuocha, Griffith, Harris, Johnson, Lynn, Neal||Senate Sponsors – Lawson|
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|House Absents or Not Voting –||Senate Absent or Not Voting –|