After a lengthy debate that ended with the bill's sponsor claiming his proposed smoking ban in cars with kids had been sent from the House floor back to the committee not to be heard but to be killed, the committee killed it.
SB14, which has been one of the most controversial bills so far this session, was before the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Standing Committee after being approved in the Senate and passing one House committee. It was sent back to the third committee, however, on the basis that law enforcement had not given any input.
The bill would make smoking in a car with a child age 5 or under a secondary offense with a $45 fine that could be waived if the driver enrolled in a smoking cessation class. With the exception of Weber County Sheriff Brad Slater, law enforcement on hand for Monday's meeting took no position.
After the discussion suddenly turned to the unusual review process the bill had been subjected to and assurances that "nothing untoward" was behind the decision to send the bill back to committee, McCoy said he appreciated that rules had been followed but that he also realized that the rules could also be used to stop a bill.