Bill S7617A-2013

Provides that veterans who hold either a federal Golden Access Passport or federal Access Pass 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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Actions

  • Jun 2, 2014: referred to veterans' affairs
  • Jun 2, 2014: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 2, 2014: PASSED SENATE
  • May 29, 2014: ORDERED TO THIRD READING FROM SPECIAL REPORT CAL.1014
  • May 28, 2014: SPECIAL REPORT CAL.1014
  • May 21, 2014: PRINT NUMBER 7617A
  • May 21, 2014: AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • May 16, 2014: REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

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Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs - May 28, 2014
Ayes (10): Ball, Carlucci, Flanagan, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Larkin, Zeldin, Gipson, Latimer
Ayes W/R (3): Addabbo, Sanders, Tkaczyk

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7617A

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 or a federal Access Pass

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

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would amend section 13.19 of the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, to provide that any veteran who holds a federal Golden Access Passport or federal Access Pass issued upon a determination of permanent disability, will enjoy free use of campsites, parks and other public places of recreation, upon the same terms and conditions that apply to the general public, but without the payment of any fees or other charges for such use.

JUSTIFICATION: Presently, the federal government has established an Access Pass program for disabled individuals.

This Access Pass program provides a free, lifetime pass, to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States, that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability, that severely limits one or more major life activities (such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, or working). Such pass provides access to recreation areas managed by five Federal agencies (The National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Fish & Wildlife Service, or the USDA Forest Service).

In 2007, the Access Pass program replaced a similar program to allow free access to these recreation areas, known as the Golden Access Passport Program. Although no longer available (as they have been replaced by Access Passes) Golden Access Passports are valid for a lifetime and are still honored in these national recreation areas.

This bill would allow veteran holders of these federal Golden Access Passports or the Access Pass to also be able to access state recreational facilities free of charge.

Currently, pursuant to section 13.19 of the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, any person who is:

* blind; * non-ambulatory; * an amputee; or * a 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;

is permitted to use any of the public campsites, parks and other public places of recreation in New York 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.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal but determined on the usage of this benefit.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act would take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7617--A 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 -- 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 free use of campsites, park and other public places of recreation by veterans who hold a federal Golden Access Passport or a federal Access Pass 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 EITHER A FEDERAL GOLDEN ACCESS PASSPORT OR A FEDERAL ACCESS PASS ISSUED UPON A DETERMINATION OF A PERMANENT DISABILITY 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 recre- ation. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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