Supervisors pass legislation banning smoking on
municipal golf courses
By Angela Hokanson, Bay City News Service
May 17, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The San Francisco Board of Supervisors
today passed legislation that bans smoking on golf courses owned
by the city.
The ordinance passed with a 6-4 vote, with supervisors Aaron
Peskin, Gerardo Sandoval, Sean Elsbernd, and Fiona Ma voting against
the legislation. Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier did not vote on
The ordinance amends a section of the San Francisco Health Code
that already prohibits smoking in certain public and private places,
such as sports stadiums, restaurants, bars, and government buildings,
but that specifically excluded golf courses from the smoking restriction.
The measure will apply to the five city-owned golf courses in
San Francisco, including the Harding Park, Fleming, Lincoln Park,
Golden Gate Park, and Gleneagles golf courses.
People who violate the smoking ban on golf courses would be subject
to the same punishments as those who violate smoking bans in parks
in the city, according to Deputy City Attorney Cheryl Adams. A
first violation of the ban would cost up to $100 in fines, a second
violation would cost $200, and a third violation during the same
year would cost $500.
The legislation, which was sponsored by supervisors Jake McGoldrick
and Tom Ammiano, will be forwarded to the mayor's office. The
mayor may sign the legislation, veto it, or return it unsigned
to the Board.
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