House kills smoking with kids in the car bill

The North Dakota House has defeated a bill that would have banned smoking in vehicles if children younger than 13 were present.

The bill died on a 28-66 vote.

The bill stems from a group of Williston students who told lawmakers about the harmful effects of smoking and spoke of their personal health problems from secondhand smoke.

The House Transportation Committee gave the bill a do-not pass recommendation due to concerns about taking a legal activity like smoking and making it illegal in private property. There was also concern from lawmakers about the ability of law enforcement to enforce the law.

Check back later tonight or tomorrow to see how individual members of the House voted on the bill.