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          AB 150 (Olsen)
          As Amended  September 3, 2013
          Majority vote
          |ASSEMBLY:  |77-0 |(May 29, 2013)  |SENATE: |39-0 |(September 9,  |
          |           |     |                |        |     |2013)          |
           Original Committee Reference:    W., P. & W.

          SUMMARY  :  Authorizes the Department of Parks and Recreation  
          (DPR) to offer veterans and active duty or reserve military  
          personnel of the United States (U.S) Armed Forces or the  
          National Guard, free day use access, or reduced fee access, to  
          California state parks on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

           The Senate amendments  delete the requirement for veterans and  
          military personnel to be provided with free day use access to  
          state parks and instead authorize DPR, at its discretion, to  
          offer veterans and current military personnel the ability to  
          access a state park on Memorial Day and Veterans Day for free or  
          for a reduced fee.  Applies to any state park unit that is  
          operated by the state and accessible with a vehicle day use  
          annual pass, as listed on DPR's Web site. 

           EXISTING LAW  :

          1)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.  Requires DPR  
            to protect the state park system from damage and to preserve  
            the peace therein.

          2)Entitles California residents 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.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Senate Appropriations  


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          Committee, unknown cost pressures for the potential loss of  
          revenue, potentially in the hundreds of thousands to low  
          millions of dollars annually, to the State Parks and Recreation  
          Fund (special).    

           COMMENTS  :  The purpose of this bill is to allow every member of  
          the military, both retired and active, to have free day use  
          access to California state parks on the two holidays  
          commemorating their service and valor.  The author states that  
          this bill is a small way to show the appreciation of  
          Californians for their service and sacrifice, while giving them  
          access to enjoy the state's beautiful natural resources.  This  
          bill applies only to day use access on these two holidays, and  
          does not apply to camping fees or other park services other than  
          day use.  Similar provisions have been implemented by the  
          National Park Service and in other states such as Colorado.

          Supporters of this bill emphasize the importance of recognizing  
          veterans and active duty military personnel and note this bill  
          will increase access to the State Parks System, encourage  
          greater attendance at state parks, and enhance appreciation for  
          our natural resources and environmental protection.  State and  
          national veterans groups support this bill, which they view as  
          providing "our brave men and women who have and are serving, the  
          chance to enjoy our state parks on the holidays dedicated to  
          honor our heroes."  

          The Assembly version required that free day use access be  
          provided to veterans and active or reserve military personnel on  
          the two holidays.  The Senate amendments, in recognition of the  
          fiscal constraints facing state parks, authorize rather than  
          require DPR to provide veterans and military personnel with  
          either free day use access or access for a reduced fee on the  
          two holidays. 

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Diane Colborn / W., P. & W. / (916)  

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