California governor Schwarzenegger vetoes smoking ban in parks
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
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.
- Lagos, Marisa. "Schwarzenegger vetoes smoking ban at parks" — San Fransisco Chronicle, 3 May 2010
- McGreevy, Patrick. "Gov. vetoes smoking ban at state parks and beaches" — Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2010