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SB 13: "An Act providing for the waiver of certain fees and charges in state parks for disabled veterans."

00                             SENATE BILL NO. 13                                                                          
01 "An Act providing for the waiver of certain fees and charges in state parks for disabled                                
02 veterans."                                                                                                              
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. AS 41.21.026(a) is amended to read:                                                                   
05            (a)  Notwithstanding (b) of this section and except as provided in (d) and (f)                           
06       of this section, the department may charge or collect a fee in a park unit for                                
07                 (1)  rental of public use cabins or other overnight lodgings;                                           
08                 (2)  overnight use of a developed campsite;                                                             
09                 (3)  special park use permits;                                                                          
10                 (4)  competitive and exclusive commercial use permits;                                                  
11                 (5)  noncompetitive and nonexclusive commercial use permits;                                            
12                 (6)  use of a sewage holding tank dump station;                                                         
13                 (7)  admission to or guided tours of visitor centers and historic sites;                                
14                 (8)  use of an improved boat ramp in a park facility developed                                          
01       principally for boat launching;                                                                                   
02                 (9)  sale of firewood;                                                                                  
03                 (10)  sale of merchandise for informational or educational purposes                                     
04       related to public use and understanding of parks, including maps, plans, and other                                
05       graphic materials;                                                                                                
06                 (11)  use of a developed facility that has developed parking and rest                                   
07       rooms; and                                                                                                        
08                 (12)  presentation or attendance at programs related to natural or                                      
09       cultural history, outdoor skills or education, or other topics concerned with public use,                         
10       enjoyment, or understanding of parks.                                                                             
11    * Sec. 2. AS 41.21.026(d) is amended to read:                                                                      
12            (d)  The department shall issue free of charge to a disabled veteran                                 
13       [VETERANS] of this country an annual state park developed campsite permit. The                                    
14       permit shall allow the [A] disabled veteran to use a state park developed campsite for                        
15       personal recreation use without a charge or fee under (a)(2) of this section. While                               
16       utilizing a developed campsite without charge under this subsection, the disabled                                 
17       veteran shall comply with all other statutes or regulations pertaining to the use of the                          
18       developed campsite. The department shall provide a form for use by a disabled veteran                             
19       when applying for a permit under this section. Not later than February 1 of each year,                            
20       the department shall prepare a report on the number of permits issued to disabled                                 
21       veterans under this subsection during the previous calendar year and notify the                                   
22       legislature that the report is available.                                                                         
23    * Sec. 3. AS 41.21.026(e) is amended to read:                                                                      
24            (e)  In this section,                                                                                        
25                 (1)  "developed campsite" means a campsite having access to the                                     
26       following public facilities:                                                                                      
27                      (A) [(1)]  restrooms;                                                                          
28                      (B) [(2)]  a picnic table;                                                                     
29                      (C) [(3)]  an outdoor cooking facility; and                                                    
30                      (D) [(4)]  an approved water source;                                                       
31                 (2)  "veteran" has the meaning given in AS 38.05.067.                                               
01    * Sec. 4. AS 41.21.026 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
02            (f)  The department may not charge or collect a fee under (a)(1), (6) - (8), (11),                           
03       or (12) of this section from a resident who is a disabled veteran.