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


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.