OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 85

AN ACT CONCERNING CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS AT CERTAIN STATE PARKS.

SUMMARY:

By law, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) commissioner may lease state park camping sites to state residents and nonresidents. Current law limits a family to no more than three weeks total each year at each shore park (i. e. , Hammonasset and Rocky Neck).

This bill instead requires the DEEP commissioner to lease shore park camping sites to the same family for up to three weeks total from the Saturday before Memorial Day to Labor Day. It requires him to lease camping sites to the same family:

1. for additional days during this time period if the family leaves the park for at least five days between leases;

2. before and after this time period regardless of the family's total length of stay; or

3. during this time period on a first come, first served basis.

The bill authorizes the commissioner to adopt regulations to establish limits on the length of camping site leases. The bill's limitation is effective until June 30, 2013, or until regulations are adopted, whichever is later.

The bill also requires the commissioner to establish a pilot program for the 2013 camping season (i. e. , April 16 to December 31) that allows 5% of shore park camping sites to be leased to the same family without a limitation on the number of days leased. For such sites, he may charge a nightly fee of up to two times the amount otherwise charged for similar camping sites.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

29

Nay

0

(03/23/2012)