Bill S2747A-2011

Directs the office of parks, recreation and historic preservation to establish a 3 and a 5 year vehicular access fee for all state parks

Directs the office of parks, recreation and historic preservation or other state agency having jurisdiction of a state park or recreational facility to establish a 3 year and a 5 year access fee that is valid in all state parks and recreational facilities.

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Actions

  • Aug 17, 2012: SIGNED CHAP.443
  • Aug 6, 2012: DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • Jun 19, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jun 19, 2012: passed assembly
  • Jun 19, 2012: ordered to third reading rules cal.344
  • Jun 19, 2012: substituted for a5530a
  • Jun 13, 2012: referred to ways and means
  • Jun 13, 2012: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 13, 2012: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 13, 2012: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1230
  • Jun 13, 2012: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • May 1, 2012: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 31, 2012: PRINT NUMBER 2747A
  • Jan 31, 2012: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION
  • Mar 15, 2011: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 31, 2011: REFERRED TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION

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VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation - May 1, 2012
Ayes (13): Little, Ball, Bonacic, Gallivan, Griffo, Grisanti, Marcellino, Ritchie, Serrano, Adams, Duane, Kennedy, Klein
Excused (1): Valesky

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2747A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, in relation to providing for a three-year and a five-year access fee

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide for a three and five-year general access pass for all state Parks.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would provide that the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation shall offer for purchase a three-year and five-year general access pass for all State Parks. Such permit would be called the "Three-year Empire Passport" and the "Five-year Empire Passport".

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER: There is currently a one-year general access pass for State parks called the Empire Passport.

JUSTIFICATION: The New York State Parks system was the first of its kind in the United States. By understanding the intrinsic value of our state's natural beauty and historical significance, previous generations of New Yorkers have made this pioneering spirit their legacy. Now, when faced with incredibly hard choices brought on by a dire recession, New Yorkers must once again find ways to protect our parks and historic sites.

By creating a three and five-year version of the Empire Passport, we offer the opportunity for the citizens of New York State to invest in their parks, as well as in the legacy we hope to pass on to generations to come. This Empire Passport would not only increase revenue but also encourage natural stewardship and offer a discounted rate for families seeking economical opportunities for education and entertainment.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009/2010: Senate Amended and Recommitted to Finance. Print Number S.7352A. Assembly Amended and Recommitted to Ways and Means. Print Number A.10122A. 2011: Senate: Referred to Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation Assembly: Referred to Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:

Not applicable.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect January 1, 2013.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2747--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 31, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SERRANO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation -- recommitted to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, in relation to providing for a three-year and a five-year access fee THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The parks, recreation and historic preservation law is amended by adding two new sections 13.18 and 13.20 to read as follows: S 13.18 THREE-YEAR VEHICULAR ACCESS FEE. 1. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE OFFICE OR OTHER STATE AGENCY HAVING JURISDICTION OF A STATE PARK OR RECREATIONAL FACILITY SHALL ESTABLISH A THREE-YEAR VEHICULAR ACCESS FEE WHICH SHALL RUN FROM APRIL FIRST OF THE YEAR OF ISSUANCE TO MARCH THIRTY-FIRST OF THE THIRD YEAR FOLLOWING SUCH ISSUANCE, ENTITLING THE HOLDER THEREOF TO A PASS FOR VEHICULAR ADMISSION WITHOUT ADDITIONAL FEE TO ANY STATE PARK AND RECRE- ATIONAL FACILITY WHICH HAS A VEHICULAR ACCESS FEE. SUCH THREE-YEAR FEE SHALL BE CONSISTENT WITH THE FEE SCHEDULE ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION 13.15 OF THIS ARTICLE AND SHALL BE APPROVED BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE BUDGET. 2. THE PASS FOR VEHICULAR ACCESS SHALL BE KNOWN AS THE "THREE-YEAR EMPIRE PASSPORT". THE PASS SHALL BE AVAILABLE AT REGIONAL PARK HEADQUAR- TERS AND SUCH OTHER PLACES AS THE OFFICE OR OTHER STATE AGENCY SHALL DESIGNATE. SUCH PASS, HAVING AN EMBLEM OF THE BLUEBIRD THEREON, SHALL BE AVAILABLE IN A FORM PRESCRIBED BY THE OFFICE. 3. SUCH PASS FOR VEHICULAR ACCESS SHALL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO THE OWNER OR OPERATOR OF AN OMNIBUS OPERATED FOR A COMMERCIAL PURPOSE, UNLESS SUCH OMNIBUS IS OPERATED BY OR PURSUANT TO AN AGREEMENT WITH A PUBLIC OR
PRIVATE NONPROFIT AGENCY FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRANSPORTING PERSONS TO OR FROM STATE PARKS FOR A RECREATIONAL EXPERIENCE. 4. IF DEMONSTRATED THAT THE USE OF THE PASS FOR VEHICULAR ACCESS IN PARTICULAR PARKS OR RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IS CONTRARY TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST, THE OFFICE OR SUCH OTHER STATE AGENCY HAVING JURISDICTION MAY PROHIBIT ITS USE IN SUCH PARTICULAR PARKS OR RECREATIONAL FACILITIES BY RULE OR REGULATION. 5. THE OFFICE OR OTHER STATE AGENCY HAVING JURISDICTION OF A STATE PARK OR RECREATIONAL FACILITY SHALL PROMULGATE SUCH RULES AND REGU- LATIONS AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. S 13.20 FIVE-YEAR VEHICULAR ACCESS FEE. 1. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE OFFICE OR OTHER STATE AGENCY HAVING JURISDICTION OF A STATE PARK OR RECREATIONAL FACILITY SHALL ESTABLISH A FIVE-YEAR ACCESS FEE WHICH SHALL RUN FROM APRIL FIRST OF THE YEAR OF ISSUANCE TO MARCH THIRTY-FIRST OF THE FIFTH YEAR FOLLOWING SUCH ISSUANCE, ENTITLING THE HOLDER THEREOF TO A PASS FOR VEHICULAR ADMISSION WITHOUT ADDITIONAL FEE TO ANY STATE PARK AND RECREATIONAL FACILITY WHICH HAS AN ACCESS FEE. SUCH FIVE-YEAR FEE SHALL BE CONSISTENT WITH THE FEE SCHEDULE ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION 13.15 OF THIS ARTICLE AND SHALL BE APPROVED BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE BUDGET. 2. THE PASS FOR VEHICULAR ACCESS SHALL BE KNOWN AS THE "FIVE-YEAR EMPIRE PASSPORT". THE PASS SHALL BE AVAILABLE AT REGIONAL PARK HEADQUAR- TERS AND SUCH OTHER PLACES AS THE OFFICE OR SUCH OTHER STATE AGENCY SHALL DESIGNATE. SUCH PASS, HAVING AN EMBLEM OF THE BROOK TROUT THERE- ON, SHALL BE AVAILABLE IN A FORM PRESCRIBED BY THE OFFICE. 3. SUCH PASS FOR VEHICULAR ACCESS SHALL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO THE OWNER OR OPERATOR OF AN OMNIBUS OPERATED FOR A COMMERCIAL PURPOSE, UNLESS SUCH OMNIBUS IS OPERATED BY OR PURSUANT TO AN AGREEMENT WITH A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE NONPROFIT AGENCY FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRANSPORTING PERSONS TO OR FROM STATE PARKS FOR A RECREATIONAL EXPERIENCE. 4. IF DEMONSTRATED THAT THE USE OF THE PASS FOR VEHICULAR ACCESS IN PARTICULAR PARKS OR RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IS CONTRARY TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST, THE OFFICE OR SUCH OTHER STATE AGENCY HAVING JURISDICTION MAY PROHIBIT ITS USE IN SUCH PARTICULAR PARKS OR RECREATIONAL FACILITIES BY RULE OR REGULATION. 5. THE OFFICE OR OTHER STATE AGENCY HAVING JURISDICTION OF A STATE PARK OR RECREATIONAL FACILITY SHALL PROMULGATE SUCH RULES AND REGU- LATIONS AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2013.

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