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REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Road to Hell Paving Department

Ga. lawmakers mull smoking-in-cars law

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia lawmakers are considering a first-in-the-nation law that would require drivers who smoke to roll down the windows before lighting up with children in the car.

The measure, approved 9-0 Wednesday by a state House committee, would impose a $15 fine.

Supporters say toddlers need legal protection from secondhand smoke. Opponents consider the measure intrusive.

The House narrowly approved the measure last year, but the Senate rejected the idea. The bill will not get a better reception this year, said Sen. Eric Johnson, a Senate leader.

"That's not to say that smoking in a car with small children isn't wrong. It's horribly wrong," he said. "But if we're going to make everything bad for you illegal, and then fine you $15 for doing it, we could balance the budget just on that." [...]

I'm not a smoker, and I can't understand why anyone would knowingly subject their kids to cigarette smoke, but this seems like a particularly hamfisted way to go about fixing the problem. Might as well tack on an amendment to the bill to allow people who smoke in the house with kids around to be fined, too.

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