Provides veterans of the armed forces of the United States access to all state parks and recreational facilities without the charge of any admission.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, in relation to access to state parks and recreational facilities by veterans without charge
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To give a much needed and well deserved benefit to veterans that have served their country.
JUSTIFICATION: These privileges are currently extended to disabled veterans. Many veterans however are on a fixed income. The fees for some veterans are simply too great just to enjoy a day at the park. In effect, it may attract more veterans to our beautiful state parks. This bill would make access to our state parks and recreation facilities easier to all veterans.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.6975/A.6645 Referred to Cultural Affairs, Tourism Parks and Recreation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Shall take effect the one hundred and eightieth day after it shall have become a law, provided, however, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 535 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation AN ACT to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, in relation to access to state parks and recreational facilities by veterans without charge 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 a new section 13.22 to read as follows: S 13.22 STATE PARK AND RECREATIONAL FACILITY ACCESS; VETERANS. 1. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE OFFICE SHALL PROVIDE TO VETERANS OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES ACCESS TO ALL STATE PARKS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES UNDER THE JURIS- DICTION OF THE OFFICE OR OTHER STATE AGENCY, ENTITLING SUCH VETERAN TO A PASS TO SUCH STATE PARKS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES WITHOUT THE CHARGE OF ANY ADMISSION. 2. THE PASS FOR VETERANS ACCESS SHALL BE AVAILABLE AT REGIONAL PARK HEADQUARTERS AND SUCH OTHER PLACES AS THE OFFICE SHALL DESIGNATE. SUCH PASS SHALL BE ISSUED IN A MANNER AND FORM TO BE DETERMINED BY THE OFFICE THAT SHALL BE SUFFICIENT TO IDENTIFY THE HOLDER AS A VETERAN AND SHALL BE VALID FOR THE LIFE OF SUCH VETERAN. 3. THE OFFICE SHALL PROMULGATE SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend- ment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations necessary for the imple- mentation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on or before such effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02524-01-3