Schwarzenegger snuffs out smoking ban.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Advocates of a bill that would have banned smoking at all California state parks and beaches say they’re disappointed in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s decision to veto the measure.

“We’re very dismayed to see the governor has not prioritized clean and healthy beaches, especially since our coast lines are a driving force to our California economy,” said Angela Howe, an attorney for the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation, a San Clemente-based environmental organization.

The foundation had hoped Schwarzenegger would follow a 2008 recommendation by the California Ocean Protection Council to ban smoking at all state beaches to help reduce polluting marine debris.

But the cigar-smoking Schwarzenegger vetoed legislation that would have done that Monday, saying the bill crossed the line of government intrusion.

But requiring drivers licenses to buy and tracking the sale of ammo is a-okay! That’s not intrusive.

In a letter to California senators, the governor said state parks and local governments were already permitted to ban smoking on a case-by-case basis.

AP News

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