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AB-1762 State parks: visitors: animals: dogs.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 07/02/2018 02:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  July 02, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 25, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 02, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  February 28, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1762


Introduced by Assembly Member Steinorth
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Acosta, Chen, Flora, Harper, Lackey, and Mathis)
(Coauthor: Senator Nguyen)

January 04, 2018


An act to amend Section 5008.1 of the Public Resources Code, relating to state parks.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1762, as amended, Steinorth. State parks: visitors: animals: dogs.
Under existing law, the Department of Parks and Recreation administers and manages the state park system. Existing law permits visitors to bring animals into units of the state park system when the Director of Parks and Recreation determines that it is in the public interest, subject to certain conditions.
This bill would require the department to establish and maintain on its Internet Web site a comprehensive, up-to-date list of each unit with information on whether the unit or a portion of the unit allows dogs and additional specified information.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 5008.1 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

5008.1.
 (a) When it is determined by the director to be in the public interest, and subject to the fees, rules, and regulations of the department, visitors to units of the state park system may bring animals into those units.
(b) Any animal brought into a state park system unit pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be under the immediate control of the visitor or shall be confined, and under no circumstance shall the animal be permitted to do any of the following:
(1) Pose a threat to public safety and welfare.
(2) Create a public nuisance.
(3) Pose a threat to the natural or cultural resources of the unit or to the improvements at the unit.
(c) The department may require a person bringing an animal into a state park system unit pursuant to subdivision (a) to provide proof of appropriate immunizations and valid licenses.
(d) This section does not apply to dogs used to lawfully pursue game in season at units of the state park system where hunting is allowed.
(e) No later than July 1, 2019, the department shall establish and maintain on its Internet Web site a comprehensive, up-to-date list of each state park system unit with information on whether the unit or a portion of the unit allows dogs, a summary of the reasons why the unit or a portion of the unit is closed to dogs, if applicable, dogs and additional information that may include, but is not limited to, the specific areas of the unit in which dogs are allowed and the total miles of trail in the unit that are open to dogs.