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Governor Vetoes Smoking Ban

Sacramento, CA — Legislation that would have affected local state parks was vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger.

The Senate and Assembly had both passed a ban on smoking at all state parks and beaches, but the Governor vetoed it, saying that it crossed the line on government intrusion.

Schwarzenegger told lawmakers the best way to discourage people from leaving cigarette butts at beaches and parks is to increase fines and penalties.

The legislation would have created a $100 fine for anyone caught smoking at a state park or beach.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.