Smoking ban at beaches and parks approved
March 22, 2010
California lawmakers voted Monday to ban smoking at 278 beaches and state parks in one of the nation’s far-reaching regulation of tobacco. [Los Angeles Times]
The new legislation calls for fines up to $100 for those caught smoking at a state beach, or in a designated section of a state park. However, smoking will still be allowed in some parking lots and campgrounds.
The smoking ban passed the state Assembly today and now goes back to the Senate, which already approved the measure, for some minor amendments. The vote followed party lines, with Republicans opposed to the ban because they feel it is unwarranted meddling in legal behavior.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has not yet indicated publicly indicated whether he will sign the legislation.