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Truckee River booze ban passes state hurdles

Ban looks likely for July Fourth weekend

The California State Senate and the State Assembly both passed a bill Monday to ban alcohol consumption on the Truckee River during the July Fourth weekend.

The Placer County Board of Supervisors already approved an ordinance to prohibit the consumption of alcoholic beverages and possession of open containers on the banks of the Truckee River, but state legislation was needed to ban alcohol on the waterway, said Placer County Manager Jennifer Merchant.

The bill still needs to be signed off by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, but Merchant said she expects it to become a law before July 1.

“By having the ordinance in effect, it should reduce the number of people we see on the river over the July Fourth weekend,” Merchant said.

The ban will be in effect on July 4, 5 and 6 of this summer and July 3, 4 and 5 in 2009, Merchant said.

Placer County Sheriff’s will be enforcing the ordinance, with assistance from other agencies such as the California Highway Patrol. A violation of the ordinance would bring three tiers of fines: $150, $500 and $1,000 for the first, second and third offense respectively.

” Jenny Goldsmith,Sierra Sun