senate Bill S7617A

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

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 16 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 21 / May / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 21 / May / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 7617A
  • 28 / May / 2014
    • SPECIAL REPORT CAL.1014
  • 29 / May / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING FROM SPECIAL REPORT CAL.1014
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Summary

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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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9982
Versions:
S7617
S7617A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง13.19, Pks & Rec L

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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.

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

                                 7617--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              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.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15100-02-4

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