A resolution to ban smoking in most areas of county parks and beaches is moving along in the Suffolk County Legislature.
After public hearing on the issue was held earlier this week in Riverhead, the bill will now go before the Parks Committee June 13.
by Legis. William Spencer of the 18th District, the proposed law could move to the full body of the Legislature for a final vote as early as June 19.
An amendment to the original bill which eased restrictions for smokers was by Spencer to allow smoking in designated county parking areas, golf courses and campgrounds.
No penalties are listed in the proposed legislation. Violators of the law could be forced to leave parks on the discretion of park officials, according to Spencer.
Spencer, a doctor, said the smoking ban would help limit children's exposure to smokers and the dangers of second-hand smoke.
About 54 percent of Patch readers favor the smoking ban, according to a .