NH Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Aid Parks System Budget

The New Hampshire Senate

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SB190 eliminates park giveaways for elected officials and creates discount pass for New Hampshire seniors

CONCORD, NH - Sen. Nancy Stiles, R-Hampton, issued the following statement today following the passage of SB190, which reforms the fee structure for the State Parks System:

“We ask our state parks to be self-funded business entities, and the admissions and pricing reforms in this legislation will allow them to do so more effectively.  This legislation eliminates statutes granting free admission to the parks for the governor, Executive Council and legislature as well as their staffs.  Further, as suggested by Sen. Larsen and the Finance Committee, the legislation also creates the ‘Granite Parks Pass’ which, for one-third of the cost of a typical season pass, grants seniors free access to all parks for the season.  Seniors who use the parks less often will be asked to pay the daily admission rate, which for many parks, excluding the 68 parks that currently provide free admission, is around $4 a day.  All tolled, the Parks System estimates the reforms in this bill will net close to $300,000 annually, providing system administrators with the resources they need to staff the parks, keep up with long-term maintenance, and generally maintain the pristine nature of the system that New Hampshire residents and visitors have come to expect.”

SB190 passed the Senate on a vote of 17-7 and now heads to the House for consideration.