HB1394 (2020) Detail

Relative to fees for park use.


HB 1394-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2125

04/01

 

HOUSE BILL 1394-FN

 

AN ACT relative to fees for park use.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Klee, Hills. 30

 

COMMITTEE: Resources, Recreation and Development

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill allows campers to use the day-use facilities, including lake and beach access and parking, at the same park at no charge and with no day access fees until the park closes.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2125

04/01

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT relative to fees for park use.

 

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

 

1  New Paragraph; Fees for Park System.  Amend RSA 216-A:3-g by inserting after paragraph VIII the following new paragraph:

IX.  On the day of checkout, after vacating the campsite, a camper may use the day-use facilities, including lake and beach access and parking, at the same park at no charge and with no day access fees until the park closes, without requiring the camper to physically vacate the park grounds.

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

 

LBAO

20-2125

11/4/19

 

HB 1394-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to fees for park use.

 

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

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

Potential Decrease of $570,000

Potential Decrease of $570,000

Potential Decrease of $570,000

   Expenditures

$0

$0

$0

$0

Funding Source:

  [    ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [ X ] Other - State Park Fund (RSA 216-A:3-i)

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill would allow for campers who checkout and vacate their state park campsite to continue using the day-use facilities, including lake and beach access, at no charge, until the park closes, and without having to physically vacate the park grounds.  Currently, campers have access to day-use facilities for their entire stay from check-in at 11:00 a.m. to checkout at 1:00 p.m.  The Department of Natural and Cultural  Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation does not know how many campers would remain in the park to continue to use day-use facilities after checkout.  The Department states the potential maximum revenue loss, using FY 19 campground data, assumes 100% of adult and youth campers would choose to continue to use the park facility after checkout at 1:00 p.m.  Based on the average day-use fee of $4.50 per adult and $2 per youth (age 6-11; children under age 6 are admitted for free) the park system would lose approximately $570,000 in revenue per year, as calculated below:

FY 2019 Campground Admission

Number Admitted

Average Fee

Potential Revenue Lost

Adults

107,632

   $4.50

   $484,344

Youths

  42,910

   $2.00

     $85,820

 

  $570,164

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

 

Links

HB1394 at GenCourtMobile
HB1394 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 15, 2020 House Hearing
Jan. 21, 2020 House Hearing
Jan. 28, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 19, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1394 Revision: 7019 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 3:47 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Resources, Recreation and Development HJ 1 P. 20
Jan. 15, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/15/2020 11:30 am LOB 305
Jan. 21, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/21/2020 11:30 am LOB 305
Jan. 28, 2020 Executive Session: 01/28/2020 10:00 am LOB 305
Feb. 19, 2020 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/19/2020 (Vote 19-0; CC) HC 7 P. 13
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 19-0; CC)
Feb. 19, 2020 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 02/19/2020 HJ 4 P. 20