senate Bill S3387

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation shall provide Empire Passports to individuals whose qualified service commenced on or after

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S3387 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1802
Current Committee:
Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks And Recreation
Law Section:
Parks
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S7186, A8686

S3387 - Bill Texts

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Directs the Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to provide Empire Passports to the families of reservists and members of the National Guard, whose qualified service commenced on or after September eleventh, two thousand and one.

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BILL NUMBER:S3387

TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to directing the Commissioner of the
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to provide Empire
Passports to the families of reservists and members of the National
Guard, whose qualified service commenced on or after September eleventh,
two thousand one

PURPOSE: To honor reservists and members of the National Guard who have
fought, and continue to fight, against terrorism, by providing them with
an Empire Passport to enjoy the State's parks, beaches, and other
natural resources free of charge.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 is new legislation.

Section 2 contains the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: The Empire Passport Program allowed reservists and their
families to apply for one free Empire Passport allowing free admission
to all state parks and beaches. On March 25, 2011, a change was enacted
to the program on the qualification. Now, the benefit is only available
during the time in which a service member is deployed to active duty. A
copy of the orders calling the soldier to active duty is required for
submission of the application. The Passport can then be used by the
soldier once he returns home or by his or her immediate family.

Executive Order 125, issued May 22, 1989, which was expanded by Governor
Pataki on March 24, 2003, directing State Officials to ensure that the
Appropriate Protections and Benefits are extended to Members of the
Reserve Armed Forces of the United States and the Organized Militia of
New York State, was continued under Executive Order 2 of Governor Andrew
M. Cuomo.

According to the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation,
the reasoning behind the requirement change was to update the policy to
more accurately reflect the Executive Order governing the program.

This interpretation more closely reflects our states' economic condi-
tion, than the original intent of the order: to provide Empire Passports
to the families of reservists and members of the National Guard to allow
the families of our military personnel to enjoy the State's parks,
beaches and other natural resources free of charge, because these brave
men and women have been, and will continue to be, called to active duty
to fight the ongoing war on terrorism and the armed conflict with Iraq.

This legislation would restore the previous qualification standard of
eligibility for the Empire Passport Program, in reflection of the Execu-
tive Order created to extend the Patriot Plan Benefits to those of
service to our nation after 9/11.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012 S.7186 Cultural Affairs Committee/2011-12
A.8686 Tourism Committee.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.

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

                                  3387

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism,
  Parks and Recreation

AN ACT in relation to directing the Commissioner of the Office of Parks,
  Recreation and Historic Preservation to provide  Empire  Passports  to
  the  families  of  reservists and members of the National Guard, whose
  qualified service commenced on or after September eleventh, two  thou-
  sand one

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1.  The Commissioner of the Office of  Parks,  Recreation  and
Historic  Preservation shall promulgate rules and regulations to provide
Empire Passports to the  families  of  reservists  and  members  of  the
National  Guard, whose qualified service commenced on or after September
eleventh, two thousand one,  to  allow  the  families  of  our  military
personnel  to  enjoy  the  State's  parks,  beaches  and  other  natural
resources free of charge.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03366-01-3

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