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Bill S7617-2013

Provides that veterans who hold a federal Golden Access Passport shall be granted use of public campsites, parks and other public places of recreation free of charge

Provides that veterans who hold either a federal Golden Access Passport or a federal Access Pass upon a determination of a permanent disability shall be granted use of public campsites, parks and other public places of recreation free of charge.

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  • May 16, 2014: REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

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BILL NUMBER:S7617

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, in relation to free use of campsites, park and other public places of recreation by veterans who hold a federal Golden Access Passport

PURPOSE:

To provide that veterans who hold a federal Golden Access Passport shall be granted use of public campsites, parks and other public places of recreation free of charge.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Section 13.19 of the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, as amended by chapter 649 of the laws of 1977, is amended to include (c) any veteran who holds a federal Golden Access Passport in relation to free use of campsites, upon the same terms and conditions that apply to the general public, but without the payment of any fees or other charges for the use of such campsites, parks and other public places of recreation.

JUSTIFICATION:

According the U.S. National Park Service, the Golden Access Passport is available to all United States citizens who have a disability that impairs any life function. The individual must be eligible to receive benefits for such disability from the Federal Government, such as the Social Security or Veterans Administrations. The Golden Access Passport waives all entrance fees to national parks. This legislation would allow the Golden Access Passport to be accepted at all New York State Parks. Therefore, veterans and other individuals who are eligible for the federal Golden Access Passport would be able to use their benefits in New York State, and not have to apply for a separate State passport.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New legislation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7617 IN SENATE May 16, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SKELOS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi- ty and Military Affairs AN ACT to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, in relation to free use of campsites, park and other public places of recreation by veterans who hold a federal Golden Access Passport THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 13.19 of the parks, recreation and historic preser- vation law, as amended by chapter 649 of the laws of 1977, is amended to read as follows: S 13.19 Free use of campsites. Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, (A) any person who is blind, non-ambulatory, or an amputee or (B) any veteran of the wars of the United States, who has at any time been awarded by the federal government an allowance towards the purchase of an automobile or is eligible for such an award OR (C) ANY VETERAN WHO HOLDS A FEDERAL GOLDEN ACCESS PASSPORT shall be permitted to use any of the public campsites, parks and other public places of recreation in this state, upon the same terms and conditions as apply to the general public, but without the payment of any fees or other charges for the use of such campsites, parks and other public places of recreation. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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