Bans on Smoking at Beaches, Parks Vetoed by Gov. Brown, Citing High Fines

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed two bills that would have banned smoking at California parks and beaches, calling them too coercive and saying potential fines are too high.

Hundreds of people seek relief from the hot weather in the surf alongside the Santa Monica Pier in July 2017. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Hundreds of people seek relief from the hot weather in the surf alongside the Santa Monica Pier in July 2017. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

The measures, which also would have banned smoking marijuana and the use of electronic cigarettes, were proposed by legislators to protect public health from second-hand smoking and to prevent wildfires and reduce litter.

Brown, who vetoed a similar bill last year, said the $100 fine proposed could reach $485 when court assessments are added, an amount he called excessive.

“If people can’t smoke even on a deserted beach, where can they?” Brown asked in his veto message. “There must be some limit to the coercive power of government.”

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