Introduced by Representative Pillsbury of Brattleboro
Subject: Conservation; forests and parks; admission
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to allow residents of a municipality in which any portion of a state park or state forest is located to be admitted without fee or charge to that park or forest.
AN ACT RELATING TO FREE ADMISSION TO LOCAL STATE PARKS AND STATE FORESTS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 10 V.S.A. § 2603(c) is amended to read:
(c)(1) The commissioner, subject to the direction and approval of the secretary, shall promulgate and publish regulations in the name of the agency for the use of state forests or park lands, including reasonable fees or charges for the use of the lands, roads, camping sites, buildings, and other facilities and for the harvesting of timber or removal of minerals or other resources from such lands, notwithstanding section 603 of Title 32.
(2) The commissioner of forests, parks and recreation shall be permitted to temporarily (not to exceed one season per project) adjust fees and charges at any area for the purpose of bona fide scientific research.
(3) The commissioner of forests, parks and recreation shall be permitted to develop state park experimental services, promotional programs, and vacation or special event packages and adjust rates for those services and packages to promote the park system and increase campground occupancy.
(4) The commissioner of forests, parks and recreation shall allow public school students to attend school functions taking place during school hours on state forest or park lands without fee or charge.
(5) Fees charged under this section shall be reported in accordance with section 605 of Title 32.
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