Ore. state senator calls smoking with kids bill 'nonsense'

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The state senate has proposed a measure that would make it a traffic violation to smoke in a car with a minor.

One Oregon lawmaker from Roseburg thinks the bill is nonsense.

Senator Jeff Kruse of Douglas County says he was the only one to oppose the measure in the judiciary committee.

He says he already tried getting an amendment to the bill, and his ideas were all rejected, he told KPIC News. "There's a lot of people in Salem who know better than we do and think they can do a better job at running our lives than we do," he quipped.

Senate Bill 444 is currently being reviewed in the house health care committee.

If the bill passes, people smoking in cars with people under 18-years-old can expect a fine if they are found to be in violation at a traffic stop.

It's proposed to be $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second and $1,000 for the third.