(Clockwise, from top left) Sofia Aarestad, Makenna Batcho, Julianna Martin, Amelia Malchow and Micaela Morill are Girl Scouts from Aurora, Colorado, who wrote a law to ban smoking in vehicles when kids are present and had it passed by the Aurora City Council in March 2018. (CBS This Morning)
But the Girl Scouts ultimately prevailed.
Richardson recalls his first meeting with the teens, about a year and a half ago.
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“I met with them, and they informed me they wanted to move forward on a piece of city legislation,” he told The Washington Post. “I was, frankly, thinking it would be a resolution adopting a city inset or bird or flower. This was something much bigger,” he said.
According to the bill, police can only write up violators after they are stopped for something else.
The Girl Scouts each received silver awards — the highest honor for their age group — for their efforts.
Julianna Martin, 13, said the process helped her gain a sense of confidence.
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“Now, I’ve learned that it just takes a little bit of courage and knowledge and perseverance,” she told CBS News.
She’s proud of the group, too.
“Not to be rude to our parents, but I think we accomplished more at our age than they did, in like their first 20 years,” she told CBS News.