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AB-1358 State parks: California Admission Day: free admission.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/17/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 16, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1358


Introduced by Assembly Member Cooley

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Sections 5508 and 5511 of add Section 5011.4 to the Public Resources Code, relating to parks.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1358, as amended, Cooley. Parks: regional park, park and open-space, and open-space districts: notice of hearing. State parks: California Admission Day: free admission.
Existing law requires the Department of Parks and Recreation to administer, protect, develop, and interpret the property under its jurisdiction in the state park system for the use and enjoyment of the public. Existing law provides for the department to charge various fees for use of state parks, but requires the department to offer free or reduced-rate admission to eligible persons under certain circumstances.
This bill would require the department to grant free admission to the general public to each unit of the state park system on September 9, California Admission Day.

Existing law authorizes a procedure for the creation of a regional park district, regional park and open-space district, and regional open-space district where certain requirements, including, but not limited to, the holding of an election, must be met. Before an election is held, existing law requires specified counties to hold hearings to determine certain matters related to the proposed district and to publish notice, as specified, of those hearings.

This bill would also require notice of those hearings to be posted online and to be publicly accessible on the county’s Internet Web site, if the county has an Internet Web site, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YESNO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 5011.4 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

5011.4.
 (a) The department shall grant free admission to the general public to each unit of the state park system operated by the department on September 9, California Admission Day.
(b) For the purposes of this section, “free admission” means free vehicle admission, parking, and day use and shall be subject only to those limitations as the department deems necessary to manage the state park system to avoid overcrowding and damage to natural and cultural resources and for public health and safety. “Free admission” does not include camping fees, tour fees, swimming pool fees, fees for the use of boating facilities, museum and special event fees, any supplemental fees, or special event parking fees.

SECTION 1.Section 5508 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:
5508.

Notice of the hearing, specifying the time and place, shall be published twice in a newspaper of general circulation in the county conducting the hearing. The first publication shall be at least ten days before the day of the hearing. The notice shall also be posted online and be publicly accessible on the county’s Internet Web site, if the county has an Internet Web site.

SEC. 2.Section 5511 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:
5511.

Notice of the hearing, specifying the time and place, shall be published twice in a newspaper of general circulation in the county conducting the hearing. The first publication shall be at least ten days before the day of the hearing. The notice shall also be posted online and be publicly accessible on the county’s Internet Web site, if the county has an Internet Web site.

SEC. 3.

If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.