SB217 (2017) Detail

Requiring admission without charge to state parks for children.


SB 217-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0862

05/01

 

SENATE BILL 217-FN

 

AN ACT requiring admission without charge to state parks for children.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Woodburn, Dist 1

 

COMMITTEE: Finance

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill provides that children under 15 shall be admitted to state parks and recreation areas without charge.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0862

05/01

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT requiring admission without charge to state parks for children.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  State Recreation Area; Admission Without Charge.  Amend RSA 218:5-c to read as follows:

218:5-c  Admission Without Charge.  Any person who is a resident of this state and who has attained the age of 65 or who is under the age of 15, shall, upon proper identification, be admitted to any state recreation area, including but not limited to parks, historical sites, beaches, and state-operated ski areas, without charge.  Persons qualifying under this section shall be allowed to use any state owned facility within the recreation area without charge for the use of the facility, except persons qualifying under this section shall be charged the usual fee for the use of so-called "uphill devices'' on Saturdays and Sundays.  Provided further that other special charges at state owned recreation areas, such as fees charged for parking at parking meters, shall be charged persons qualifying under this section at the usual rates.  The provisions of this section shall not apply to state owned campsites or camping areas or state-owned ski areas operated by a lessee.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBAO

17-0862

1/24/17

 

SB 217-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT requiring admission without charge to state parks for children.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

   Expenditures

$0

$0

$0

$0

Funding Source:

  [    ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [ X ] State Park Fund

 

 

 

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill provides free admission to the state parks and recreation areas for children under the age of 15 years old.  The Department of Resources and Economic Development looked at the most recent data on summer season park attendance and, due to the mild winter last year, a three year average of winter attendance.  Based on this information, and assuming similar attendance in future years, the Department estimated this bill may decrease state park fund revenue as follows:

 

Summer 2016

$2 Admission from 45,255 NH youth ages 6-11 at state parks              $90,510

Adult Admission to parks from 18,385 NH youth ages 12-14   $83,652

Midweek tramway visits from 3,230 NH youth ages  6-14 $45,237

Flume admissions from 11,164 NH youth ages 6-16             $145,657

Total Summer Revenue:         $365,056

Winter (3 Year Average)

Cannon midweek -1,117 NH youth skiers ages 6-14   $58,345

383 Cannon season passes - NH youth skiers ages 6-14                       $101,648

   Total Winter Revenue:         $159,993

 

Estimated Total Revenue Decrease to the State Park Fund:           $525,049

 

In addition, the Department expects free admission of children under the age of 15 would lessen the financial benefit of purchasing a state park license plate.  The impact of the bill on state park plate sales cannot be determined.  The Department notes state park plate sales provided $409,000 of revenue to the State Park Fund in FY 2016.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Resources and Economic Development

 

Links

SB217 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 14, 2017 Senate Hearing
Feb. 23, 2017 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB217 Revision: 1254 Date: Jan. 31, 2017, 11:27 a.m.

Docket


Feb. 23, 2017: Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV === BILL KILLED ===; 02/23/2017; SJ 7


Feb. 23, 2017: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate, 02/23/2017; SC 11


Feb. 14, 2017: Hearing: 02/14/2017, Room 103, SH, 01:00 pm; SC 10


Jan. 19, 2017: Introduced 01/19/2017 and Referred to Finance; SJ 5