Legislation passed by California’s House and Senate to ban smoking and vaping at state parks and beaches has been vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown.
Senate Bill 386 would have banned smoking and vaping at all California parks and beaches and would have mandated that signage be posted alerting patrons to the new law. This would have effected nearly 300 state parks and nearly 300 miles of state beaches.
If the measure wasn’t vetoed, it would have instituted fines of up to $485 for those caught smoking tobacco or cannabis.
“Last year I vetoed Senate Bill 1333, a similar measure, because I believed that such a far=reaching prohibition in every state park and on every state beach was too broad”, Governor Brown stated in a public statement regarding the veto. “If People can’t smoke even on a deserted beach, where can they? There must be some limit to the coercive power of the government.”