West Virginia Senate advances car secondhand smoking bill
CHARLESTON, WV (AP) -
A West Virginia Senate committee has advanced a bill that would prohibit smoking in motor vehicles when children age 16 or younger are in them.
The Senate Health and Human Resources Committee on Tuesday sent the bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The voice vote was not unanimous.
The bill would make violations a misdemeanor with a punishment of a $25 fine upon conviction.
Dr. Michael Kilkenny, director of the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, told the committee that exposure to cigarette smoking increases respiratory and heart health risks for children, even if they never smoke themselves.
Committee member Dr. Ron Stollings, a Boone County physician, called the bill "good public policy."
Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
West Virginia HeadlinesWest Virginia HeadlinesMore>>
Authorities are identifying a Virginia woman who died after being struck by a windblown beach umbrella in Virginia Beach. Police identified the woman in a statement Thursday morning as 55-year-old Lottie Michelle...More >>
The family of a Virginia man who was fatally shot by police after he ran naked onto an interstate highway has viewed body camera video of the encounter. The sister of Marcus-David Peters said the video she saw Wednesday...More >>
Lawmakers used an emotionally charged House subcommittee hearing to get answers about what they portrayed as the U.S. Olympic Committee's slow-moving, underfunded response to a steadily widening sex-abuse...More >>
Lawmakers used an emotionally charged House subcommittee hearing to get answers about what they portrayed as the U.S. Olympic Committee's slow-moving, underfunded response to a steadily widening sex-abuse scandal in...More >>
Can't Find Something?
3052 Big Laurel Hwy, Bluefield, WV 24701
News tips: firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-327-7071