The governor signed the bill Wednesday afternoon.
It’s modeled after an ordinance in Bangor, which has been in place for more than a year now.
Violators will get a 50-dollar fine for a first offense. Repeat offenses are a lot more expensive.
":People realize this is a common sense law. Children should be impacted by these laws to protect citizens from second hand smoke.": Said Dr. Jonathan Shenkin, local dentist and advocate of the new law.
":We started with adults first in bars and restaurants and now the last group we’re dealing with is children. It’s a shame we waited so long but it’s great to see it finally happening here in Maine.":
California, Arkansas, and Louisiana have all passed similar laws, and several more states are looking into the idea.