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SB-719 Veterans: exemption from reservation fees to use state park facilities. (2019-2020)



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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 719


Introduced by Senator Hueso

February 22, 2019


An act to amend Section 5011.5 of the Public Resources Code, relating to state parks.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 719, as introduced, Hueso. Veterans: exemption from reservation fees to use state park facilities.
Existing law requires the Department of Parks and Recreation to issue a park pass for free use of all park facilities in the state park system to a veteran of war, as defined, in which the United States has been, or may be, engaged, and who meets specified criteria, such as having been honorably discharged from service.
This bill would additionally exempt these veterans from any requirement to pay a reservation fee for those facilities.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 5011.5 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

5011.5.
 (a) A veteran of a war in which the United States has been, or may be engaged, who is a resident of this state, upon presentation to the department of proof of disability, proof of being held captive as a prisoner of war, or proof of being a recipient of a Congressional Medal of Honor, and proof of an honorable discharge from service, upon application therefor, shall be issued a pass entitling the bearer to the use of all facilities, including boat launching facilities, in units of the state park system. system and to be exempt from any requirement to pay a reservation fee for those facilities.
(b) As used in this section:
(1) “Veteran” means a former member of the Armed Forces of the United States who has a 50 percent or greater service-connected disability, or who was held as a prisoner of war by forces hostile to the United States, as certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and who was honorably discharged from service.
(2) “War” means that period of time commencing when Congress declares war or when the Armed Forces of the United States are engaged in active military operations against a foreign power, whether or not war has been formally declared, and ending upon the termination of hostilities as proclaimed by the President of the United States.