New bill would allow Florida counties to ban smoking at state beaches, parks

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A new bill would allow counties in Florida to restrict or ban smoking at state beaches and parks.

The bill, referred to as the “Florida Clean Air Act,” was filed last week by Sen. Joe Gruters, who represents Sarasota County and parts of Charlotte County.

If Senate Bill 670 is passed, counties would be able to individually decide on smoking restrictions and even prohibit smoking on all public beaches and state parks.

In addition school districts may further restrict smoking by anyone on school property.

Two similar bills were introduced last session in the Senate but were not passed.

The bill would go into effect in July 2020 if it passes.

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