The state Senate has passed legislation, sponsored by Sen. Betty Little, that would address the law governing removal of disruptive campground guests.
Little, R-Queensbury, represents Parishville, Lawrence, Clare, Colton, Hopkinton and Piercefield, an area that includes Higley Flow State Park in Colton and its 128 campsites.
The law currently does not specifically address campground users, and courts have traditionally applied varying standards to the issue, including landlord-tenant law.
“This legislation would provide the grounds for why a person could be asked to leave a campground,” said Little. “The purpose is to provide clarity, clear parameters and a legal process to follow. It would bring campgrounds in line with what can be done at hotels and motels when guests become disruptive and a threat to other guests.”
The legislation, S.1360, would add a new section to the real property law that would define “campground” and “campground owner” and would provide for the removal of a person from a campground who creates a disturbance or otherwise violates lawful regulations created by the campground owner.
The legislation would also provide for the return of pre-paid fees and the disposal of property belonging to a person asked to leave the campground or who has abandoned property at the campground.
The Senate bill can be viewed at open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S1360-2013. Companion legislation has been introduced in the Assembly.
The Campground Owners of New York group supports the bill.