Senate OKs bill for removal of disruptive campers

ALBANY – The state Senate on Tuesday approved a new law that would make it easier for campground owners to remove disruptive guests.

Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, who sponsored the legislation, said current law does not specifically define how campground disputes should be addressed. As a result, courts have applied varying standards, including citing landlord-tenant relationship.

“This legislation would provide the grounds for why a person could be asked to leave a campground,” Little said in a press release. “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 amends state Real Property Law to define campgrounds and a campground owner and provides for removal of people who create disturbances or otherwise violate lawful regulations set by campground owners. The legislation also provides for the return of prepaid fees and the disposal of property belonging to persons who are removed from a campground or abandon property on a campground.

The Campground Owners of New York association supports the bill. Companion legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman Steve Englebright of Long Island, is still pending.