SPRINGFIELD - As reported by Illinois Review (HERE) liberal Democrat State Sen. Ira Silverstein (photo right) introduced legislation that would make it illegal for Illinois citizens to smoke in a car while any child (even their own) is present.
Silverstein, who has a history of pushing similar, big government regulation argues the legislation is aimed at "protecting children."
Today the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the Senate Public Health Committee approved the bill by a 5-2 vote on Tuesday. It now heads to the full Senate.
Last year, Springfield politicans passed a resolution that discouraged people from driving and smoking with "children" in the car, but the measure didn't ban the practice.
If Silverstein's bill passes, anyone who violates his measure would face a $100 fine. It would apply to any motorist caught smoking in a vehicle with a person under age 18. However, motorcycles and convertibles would be exempt. And police wouldn't be able to pull over drivers solely for committing the offense - yet.