TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A House panel Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a proposal that would allow local governments to restrict smoking on beaches and in public parks.
Bill sponsor Randy Fine, R-Brevard County, said cities and counties should be able to make decisions about whether people can smoke on a “jungle gym, in the dugout, on the seesaw” at parks.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Launches Building Blocks Fund For Affordable Housing
Also, supporters pointed to pollution from cigarette butts on beaches. Under current law, the state controls regulation of smoking throughout Florida.READ MORE: Saturday Is 'Kids To Park Day', Get Outside, Have Some Fun
The bill (HB 105) would allow cities and counties to regulate it at beaches and parks that they own. The House Professions & Public Health Subcommittee voted 17-1 to approve the bill, with Rep. Bob Rommel, R-Naples, casting the dissenting vote. A Senate version (SB 224) has been approved by one committee.MORE NEWS: Florida Man Who Killed Co-Worker Over Affair Gets Life In Prison
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