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Bill would ban foster parents smoking if they care for infants

Foster parents would not be able to smoke in their homes or cars in the presence of infants, under a bill that cleared a committee on Tuesday. Visitors would also be prohibited from smoking in the presence of a baby in foster care.

The state Division of Social Services would be required to enforce the law, banning smoking anywhere in a foster home where nfants are cared for, and from any vehicle if an infant is in it.

HB805 passed the House Health and Human Services Committee. It is sponsored by Rep. Patricia Cotham, a Democrat from Matthews, and Rep. Darren Jackson, a Democrat from Raleigh.

It’s next stop is scheduled to be a House judiciary committee.

Update: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Cotham's party affiliation.

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