New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation into law Wednesday aimed to increase access to state parks by removing potential financial and regulatory barriers.

One bill prohibits the mandated use of credit cards as a means of payment for use of its facilities. The governor’s office said while credit cards offer convenience, not everyone has access to them.

Another bill extends the authorization for certain operators of leased personal watercrafts to be exempt from the boating safety certificate.

“Our State Parks are an important driver behind our state’s economy, and my administration is committed to ensuring everyone has access to our breathtaking sites and to boosting the tourism industry,” Hochul said in a statement. “These acts of legislation will make sure that New Yorkers and our visitors can see and experience all that New York has to offer.”

These signings are part of the governor’s “Get Offline, Get Outside” summer campaign to promote physical and mental health outdoors.


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