Smoking; unlawful for person 18 years old to smoke in vehicle with minor present, civil penalty. (SB975)

Introduced By

Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Smoking in vehicle with minor present. Provides that any person who smokes in a motor vehicle, whether in motion or at rest, when a minor under the age of 15 is in the motor vehicle is subject to a civil penalty of $100. The offense may be charged on a uniform traffic summons. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


  • 01/08/2013 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13
  • 01/08/2013 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102217D
  • 01/08/2013 Referred to Committee on Transportation
  • 01/16/2013 Rereferred from Transportation (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/16/2013 Rereferred to Courts of Justice
  • 01/28/2013 Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/29/2013 Impact statement from DPB (SB975)
  • 01/29/2013 Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/30/2013 Read second time
  • 01/30/2013 Reading of amendments waived
  • 01/30/2013 Committee amendments agreed to
  • 01/30/2013 Engrossed by Senate as amended SB975E
  • 01/30/2013 Printed as engrossed 13102217D-E
  • 01/31/2013 Read third time and passed Senate (30-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/05/2013 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/05/2013 Read first time
  • 02/05/2013 Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
  • 02/06/2013 Referred from Courts of Justice
  • 02/06/2013 Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
  • 02/08/2013 Tabled in Militia, Police and Public Safety


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 48 seconds.


Roger writes:

Why do Democrats want to protect children now.
They have a completely different set of morals when the child is in the womb.

Debra McDonald writes:

We do not need laws to make people have common sense! I am a former smoker! I had children! I did not smoke in my house or in my car! If we establish a law about smoking in your vehicle with a minor present -- what's next? Not allowing a minor to eat at McDonalds? This is wrong! I do NOT support such a bill.


robert legge writes:

Roger- 10 Republican Senators voted for the bill too.
Debra- Actually there are a lot of people who don't have much common sense. And smokers can really help themselves. They're drug addicts.