TRENTON - (AP) - New Jersey lawmakers are considering a law that would ban smoking at all public beaches and parks in the state.
A state Assembly committee advanced the proposal at a hearing Thursday morning in Trenton.
It now goes to the full Assembly, where a final vote has not been scheduled.
The bill is designed to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke at beaches and parks, cut down on litter and improve fire safety in those public areas. Smoking would still be allowed in parking lots near beaches and parks.
Violators could get a $250 fine for a first offense, $500 for a second offense and $1,000 for subsequent violations.
The bill would require the state's health and environmental protection departments to come up with rules to implement the smoking ban.