Mar 23, 2010 12:16 PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California has moved a step closer to banning smoking at all state beaches and parks, following the lead of hundreds of communities nationwide.
The state Assembly voted 42-27 on Monday in favor of the ban. The Senate passed it previously but must agree to amendments made in the Assembly before the bill is sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The vote came days after the bill failed to garner enough support, in part because about a dozen Assembly Democrats failed to vote.
Advocates say the bill would make California the first state to ban smoking throughout its entire park system.
Nationwide, nearly 100 cities prohibit smoking at beaches, while more than 400 local governments ban smoking at municipal parks.
The tobacco industry is opposed, arguing it would infringe on smokers' rights.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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