senate Bill S2112

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes the free use of campsites to any person who is semi-ambulatory

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation
Jan 11, 2013 referred to cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation

S2112 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2381
Current Committee:
Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks And Recreation
Law Section:
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง13.19, Pks & Rec L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S6790

S2112 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes the free use of campsites to any person who is semi-ambulatory.

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BILL NUMBER:S2112

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the parks, recreation and historic
preservation law, in relation to the free use of campsites

PURPOSE: To provide free access to state parks for semi ambulatory
members of our state.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation law
to provide free access to our state parks and recreation areas.

Section two provides the effective date of the legislation.

EXISTING LAW: Article 13 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic
Preservation law allows the blind, non-ambulatory, amputees and
certain veterans of the wars of the United States free access to state
parks.

JUSTIFICATION: Current law allows the blind, the non ambulatory,
amputees and certain veterans free access to our state's public parks.
Until 2010, those who are semi ambulatory were also allowed access to
our state parks by qualifying for a free access pass. In 2010, this
category was eliminated, so that currently people who walk with a
cane, crutches, a walker or other mobility aid can no longer qualify
for an Access Pass. Also eliminated were individuals receiving federal
Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income or Railroad
Disability. The 2010 changes came about in part as the result of an
internal review of the Access Pass system prompted by a New York Times
story and other reports of abuses by those in the latter category who
were receiving federal disability benefits and yet were able to golf
for free.

There were no stories of abuses by semi ambulatory individuals -
deserving yet handicapped people who want to enjoy the benefits our
parks can offer them, and who, because of their disability are unable
to enjoy all of the benefits the fully able bodied have the chance to
enjoy.

In addition, while one of the reasons given by the Office of Parks,
Recreation and Historic Preservation for the elimination of the two
categories in 2010 is that they are not categories contained in
statute, access passes are still (deservedly) given to the deaf and
those with mental disabilities, yet these are categories of
individuals who axe also not included in the current law.

Certainly curbing abuses to the access pass system is a worthy
endeavor, however the removal of the semi ambulatory category has
prevented deserving individuals from accessing our park system as they
were able to do prior to 2010.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S6790 of 2012 - referred to cultural affairs,
tourism, parks and recreation


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Fiscal impacts would be minimal. The access pass
system was changed in 2010 to eliminate two categories of eligibility
from the access pass program: the semi ambulatory and individuals
receiving social security disability, social security insurance ox a
railroad retirement board disability. The move was prompted by abuses
by those receiving federal retirement benefits. Adding back the
category of semi ambulatory would be in keeping with the purpose of
the program which is to allow state park access to the deserving
disabled.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:; Immediately.

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

                                  2112

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 11, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. RITCHIE -- 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 the free use of campsites

  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, any person who is blind, non-ambulatory, SEMI-AMBULATORY, or
an amputee or 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 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.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06524-01-3

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