OLR Bill Analysis

SB 268

AN ACT PROHIBITING SMOKING IN MOTOR VEHICLES WITH MINOR CHILDREN.

SUMMARY:

This bill makes it an infraction, subjecting violators to civil fines, to smoke in a motor vehicle in the presence of a child (1) under age seven or (2) weighing less than 60 pounds. By law, children with these characteristics are required to be secured in child seats when the vehicle is in motion.

The bill defines smoking as the lighting or carrying of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or similar device.

It creates a presumption that a person is smoking when he or she holds a cigarette, cigar, pipe, or similar device to, or in the immediate proximity of his or her mouth, regardless of whether the vehicle is moving. The presumption can be rebutted by evidence that tends to show that the person was not smoking in the vehicle.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2008

COMMITTEE ACTION

Select Committee on Children

Joint Favorable Change of Reference

Yea

7

Nay

2

(03/04/2008)

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

29

Nay

14

(03/24/2008)