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                                    THIRD READING


          Bill No:  AB 150
          Author:   Olsen (R), et al.
          Amended:  9/3/13 in Senate
          Vote:     21


           SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES AND WATER COMMITTEE  :  9-0, 6/25/13
          AYES:  Pavley, Cannella, Evans, Fuller, Hueso, Jackson, Lara,  
            Monning, Wolk

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  7-0, 8/30/13
          AYES:  De León, Walters, Gaines, Hill, Lara, Padilla, Steinberg

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR :  77-0, 5/29/13 - See last page for vote


           SUBJECT  :    State parks:  armed services:  fee waiver

           SOURCE  :     Author


           DIGEST  :    This bill authorizes the Department of Parks and  
          Recreation (DPR) to offer a reduced fee or free day use of any  
          unit of the state park, as specified, to veterans and active  
          duty military personnel of the United States Armed Forces or the  
          National Guard, on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

           ANALYSIS  :    Existing law establishes the California state park  
          system and vests DPR with control of the state park system and  
          responsibility for administering, protecting, developing, and  
          interpreting state parks for the use and enjoyment of the  
          public. 

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          This bill:

          1.Authorizes DPR to offer a reduced fee or free day use of any  
            unit of the state park that is operated by the state and  
            accessible with a vehicle day use annual pass, as those parks  
            are listed on DPR's Internet Web site, to California residents  
            who are active duty or reserve military personnel for the U.S.  
            Armed Forces or the National Guard, or an honorably discharged  
            veteran of the Armed Services, on Memorial Day and Veterans  
            Day.

          2.Provides that the free day use access to state parks on  
            Memorial Day and Veterans Day shall be provided if the veteran  
            or active duty or reserve military personnel can provide proof  
            of current military identification or proof of discharge under  
            conditions other than dishonorable or bad conduct.

           Background

           California residents are entitled to passes for use of all DPR  
          operated units if such residents are honorably discharged U.S.  
          veterans of war and establish proof of one of the following:   
          having a 50% or greater service-connected disability; having  
          been held as a prisoner of war; or having received the  
          Congressional Medal of Honor.  DPR administers the resulting  
          Distinguished Veteran Pass Program.  The average day use for  
          state park facilities is $12.  Veterans and Memorial Day are the  
          highest revenue generating days for the state park system.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No

          According to the Senate Appropriations Committee, unknown  
          revenue loses, potentially in the hundreds of thousands to low  
          millions of dollars annually, to the State Parks and Recreation  
          Fund (special). 

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  8/30/13)

          American Legion-Department of California
          AMVETS-Department of California
          California Association of County Veterans Service Officers
          California State Commanders Veterans Council
          California State Parks Foundation

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          Environment California
          National Guard Association of California
          Rural County Representatives of California
          Sierra Club California
          VFW- Department of California
          Vietnam Veterans of America- California State Council


           ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT  :    According to the author:

               "AB 150 will honor current military soldiers and veterans  
               discharged under conditions other than dishonorable or bad  
               conduct by our country by providing free admission to  
               California's state parks on both Memorial Day and Veteran's  
               Day."

               "This is a small way to show our appreciation for their  
               service and sacrifice, while giving them access to enjoy  
               our state's beautiful natural resources."

               The California State Parks Foundation states, "All  
               Californians deserve low-cost access to their state parks.   
               Providing free access for veterans and active military  
               personnel on dedicated days in California is a first step  
               toward increasing access for Californians, and recognizes  
               the contributions of military personnel and families."

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  77-0, 5/29/13
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Allen, Ammiano, Atkins, Bigelow, Bloom,  
            Blumenfield, Bocanegra, Bonilla, Bonta, Bradford, Brown,  
            Buchanan, Ian Calderon, Campos, Chau, Chávez, Chesbro, Conway,  
            Cooley, Dahle, Daly, Dickinson, Donnelly, Eggman, Fong, Fox,  
            Frazier, Beth Gaines, Garcia, Gatto, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon,  
            Gorell, Gray, Grove, Hagman, Hall, Harkey, Roger Hernández,  
            Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Levine, Logue, Lowenthal, Maienschein,  
            Mansoor, Medina, Melendez, Mitchell, Morrell, Mullin,  
            Muratsuchi, Nazarian, Nestande, Olsen, Pan, Patterson, Perea,  
            V. Manuel Pérez, Quirk, Quirk-Silva, Rendon, Salas, Skinner,  
            Stone, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wieckowski, Wilk,  
            Williams, Yamada, John A. Pérez
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Holden, Linder, Vacancy


          RM:ej  9/1/13   Senate Floor Analyses 

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                           SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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