Put away that cigarette. Californians would be forbidden to smoke at state parks and beaches if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a measure sent to him on Wednesday.
Assembly Bill 725, by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-Greenbrae, aims to cut down on the largest source of litter found during environmental cleanups, particularly on the coast. Violations could be punished with a $50 fine.
The measure received final approval on a 43-15 vote. A nearly identical proposal, Senate Bill 386, from Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, was also poised to advance to the governor Wednesday.
This is at least the third time in the past decade that lawmakers have tried to implement a smoking ban at state parks and beaches. Former. Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a measure in 2010, and Brown vetoed another last year for taking “too broad” an approach to the problem.