Indiana bill would outlaw smoking while a child is in your car


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A new bill aimed at curbing smoking could make it illegal to light up if there’s a young child in your car.

Senate Bill No. 34, authored by State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-District 31) and State Sen. Eddie Melton (D-District 3), would make smoking in a car with a child under the age of six a Class B infraction punishable by a $1,000 fine.

A third offense in the same 12-month period would result in a Class A infraction and a $10,000 fine.

The bill is intended to protect the health of Hoosier youth. It was introduced on Jan. 3, 2019, and referred to the Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law.

You can read the bill here.

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