Last Year Gov. Brown Drew A Line At Smoking Bans For California Beaches. Will This Year’s Bills Fare Better?
The legislation on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk is more narrow than last year's, which got knocked down by Brown. "There must be some limits to the coercive power of government," he said at the time. The governor has until Sept. 30 to act on the bills.
California Beach Smoking Ban Measure Faces Uncertainty With Governor
An effort to ban smoking from state beaches and parks went up in smoke last year when California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the measure as "too broad." But the legislature last month passed several new bills with different approaches to tackling the issue of second-hand smoke —and now it's up to Brown whether to sign or reject them. One of the bills on Brown's desk, Assembly Bill 1097, would ban smoking or vaping only in designated picnic areas of state beaches and parks. The bill also slaps a fine of $25 for smoking in picnic areas or littering beaches in the Golden State with cigarette waste. (Daniels, 9/17)