Ban on smoking at beaches, parks nears final vote

April 8, 2010

Sen. Jenny Oropeza is expected to push for a final vote as soon as today on her bill to ban smoking on state beaches and in common areas of the state park system.

The measure, Senate Bill 4, would slap fines of up to $100 on offenders. But to get her bill this far, Oropeza has had to accept amendments that would allow the parks system to enforce the ban only with funds it now has available. And it could not be enforced until after signs were posted warning patrons about the potential infraction.

The bill is backed by many coastal cities, including Los Angeles and Long Beach, as well as firefighter unions and many environmental groups. Many cities and counties have their own smoking bans already on their locally managed beaches. The first was adopted in Solana Beach, in San Diego County, in 2003.

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