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A07047 Summary:

BILL NOA07047
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORTitone
 
COSPNSRHooper, Perry
 
MLTSPNSRMcDonough
 
Add 13.22, Pks & Rec L
 
Provides free use of state parks for veterans and the surviving spouses or domestic partners of those killed in combat.
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A07047 Actions:

BILL NOA07047
 
03/29/2017referred to veterans' affairs
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A07047 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A7047
 
SPONSOR: Titone (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, in relation to providing free use of state parks for veterans and surviving spouses or domestic partners of those killed in combat   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Provides free use or state parks for veterans and surviving spouses or domestic partners of those killed in combat.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Establishes that any resident of New York State who is a veteran of the armed forces, or the surviving spouse of a veteran killed in combat, shall have free access to state parks. Section 2. Establishes an implementation timeline and effective date.   DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND AMENDED VERSION (IF APPLICABLE): N/A   JUSTIFICATION: State Parks provide the public with wonderful opportunities to appreci- ate the State's environment and natural resources and to participate in a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The State provides free access to these parks to certain groups, including seniors, the disabled and disabled veterans. Additionally, under the New York State Patriot Plan, free Empire Passports are available to members of the National Guard, military reserves and state militia who have had any period of active duty in support of the war on terrorism since 9/11/01. This bill recognizes the service of all veterans who have served our country during a time of war by granting them free access to state parks. This bill also extends this benefit to the surviving spouses or domestic partners of those killed in combat. In view of the sacrifices these individuals and their loved ones have made in service to our country, free access to state parks will allow veterans to fully enjoy the natural treasures they work so hard to protect.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: (2009-2010): A.6451A (Held for consideration in Veterans' Affairs), S.2532A (Referred to Tourism, Parks and Recreation); (2011-2012): A.7575 (Referred to Veterans' Affairs), S.2532A (Referred to Tourism, Parks and Recreation); (2013-2014): A.8681 (Enacting clause stricken) (2015-2016):A.3154 Referred to veterans' affairs   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: To be determined   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law.
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A07047 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          7047
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     March 29, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. TITONE, HOOPER, PERRY -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M.
          of  A.  McDONOUGH, SIMANOWITZ -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Veterans' Affairs
 
        AN ACT to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law,  in
          relation to providing free use of state parks for veterans and surviv-
          ing spouses or domestic partners of those killed in combat
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. The parks, recreation  and  historic  preservation  law  is
     2  amended by adding a new section 13.22 to read as follows:
     3    §  13.22  Free  use of state parks.  Notwithstanding the provisions of
     4  any other law, any person who is a  resident  of  New  York  state,  who
     5  served in the armed forces of the United States during a time of war, as
     6  defined  in  paragraph  (c) of subdivision one of section eighty-five of
     7  the civil service law or the surviving spouse  or  domestic  partner  of
     8  deceased military personnel who were killed in combat or duty subject to
     9  hostile fire or imminent danger, as defined in 37 USC § 310(a)(4), shall
    10  be  permitted to use any of the state parks in this state, upon the same
    11  terms and conditions as apply to the general  public,  but  without  the
    12  payment of any fees or other charges for the use of such state parks.
    13    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
    14  it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate-
    15  ly,  the  addition,  amendment  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation
    16  necessary for the implementation of this act on its  effective  date  is
    17  authorized  and  directed  to  be  made  and completed on or before such
    18  effective date.
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09191-01-7
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