senate Bill S2747A

Signed by Governor

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

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 31 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION
  • 15 / Mar / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION
  • 31 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION
  • 31 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 2747A
  • 01 / May / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 13 / Jun / 2012
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 13 / Jun / 2012
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1230
  • 13 / Jun / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 13 / Jun / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 13 / Jun / 2012
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A5530A
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.344
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 06 / Aug / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 17 / Aug / 2012
    • SIGNED CHAP.443

Summary

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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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5530A
Versions:
S2747
S2747A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§13.18 & 13.20, Pks & Rec L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S7352A, A10122A, S2747

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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.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 2747--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00306-02-2

S. 2747--A                          2

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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