Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 5:58pm
Bill would limit smoking in NJ parks, beaches
Updated Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 5:59pm
Smoking sections could be coming to New Jersey's public parks and beaches.
Lawmakers are expected to move forward Thursday with a bill that would limit smoking in state, county and municipal parks and beaches.
The Assembly passed a bill in March calling for an outright ban. The Senate later approved the measure -- but only after adding an amendment that would allow towns to set aside up to 20 percent of a beach or park as a designated smoking area.
Lawmakers must now work out a compromise.
The bill is aimed at reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, litter and fire risks.
More than a third of New Jersey's municipalities already have laws restricting smoking in parks and recreation areas.
The governor has yet to weigh in on the bill.
Delaware's Rehoboth Beach passed a smoking ban last month.
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