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Attempt To Ban Smoking At California State Parks Stalls

An attempt to impose what is believed to be the nation's most far-reaching smoking ban in state parks has stalled in the California Legislature.

On Thursday, lawmakers supporting the bill in the 80-member Assembly fell five votes short of the simple majority needed to approve the ban. Supporters expect to have enough votes when the bill comes up for another vote, as early as Monday.

Democratic Assemblywoman Julia Brownley of Santa Monica, who handled the bill on the floor, says she feels "pretty confident" it eventually will pass.

The legislation would ban smoking at state beaches and all other state parks. It's meant to decrease litter from cigarette butts, eliminate second-hand smoke and reduce the threat of wildfires.

Campsites and parking areas would be exempted from the ban.

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