Smoking hot butts will still be found on California state beaches after Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill introduced by East Bay State Sen. Steve Glazer that would have banned smoking on coastal beaches and some state parks.
“If people can’t smoke even on a deserted beach, where can they? There must be some limit to the coercive power of government,” Brown wrote Friday in his veto message.
Senate Bill 386 also contained a $486 fine, which Brown deemed excessive, he wrote.
However, there were strong indications from the beginning of the legislative cycle that Brown would not be amendable to Glazer’s bill.
A Senate analysis released in September noted four similar beach smoking bans have failed over the past decade, including one last year that was also vetoed by Brown. The veto message for State Sen. Marty Block’s Senate Bill 1333 also highlighted its excessive penalties.