- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Drivers in Oklahoma who smoke with children in the vehicle could be fined up to $100 under a bill that has passed a legislative committee.

The Senate Public Safety voted 7-1 on Thursday for the bill by Senate Democratic Leader Randy Bass of Lawton.

The bill would make it a secondary offense, meaning a driver would have to be pulled over for another traffic violation. Coalgate Republican Sen. Josh Brecheen voted against the bill, voicing concern it allows too much government intrusion.

A second bill by Bass that specifies how children younger than 12 must be restrained in vehicles also passed the panel on a 6-3 vote. Both measures now head to the full Senate.

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Senate Bill 747: https://bit.ly/1CNVDs4

Senate Bill 749: https://bit.ly/1vKD2e3

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