California governor Schwarzenegger vetoes smoking ban in parks

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Photo of Schwarzenegger in 2008.
Image: Nate Mandos.

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would ban smoking in California state parks and beaches, insisting that the bill would not help curb littering at parks and beaches.

California senator Jenny Oropeza, a Democrat and author of the bill, stated this is "already being done at more than 100 local cities and counties statewide."

Oropeza wrote in a statement, "I'm sorry the governor did not agree with this widely supported effort to increase public awareness about the environmental threats carelessly tossed cigarettes are doing to our marine life and to the great outdoors"

The bill, called Senate Bill 4, would have allowed for a US$100 for potential violators.