FISCAL NOTE

Date Requested: January 14, 2016
Time Requested: 12:58 PM
Agency: Natural Resources, Division of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
1378 Introduced SB122
CBD Subject: Natural Resources


FUND(S):



Sources of Revenue:

Special Fund 3265

Legislation creates:

Neither Program nor Fund



Fiscal Note Summary


Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.


    It is difficult to assess if this legislation would have a negative or positive fiscal effect on State Parks. The Parks and Recreation Section would like the consideration of an exemption from the open carry of firearms in public buildings and developed outdoor recreation areas, such as swimming pools, golf courses, and game courts. According to The Economic Significance and Impacts of West Virginia’s State Parks and Forests by the Institute for Service Research provided, in December 2015 that West Virginia State Resort and Lodge Parks, as a category, contribute $118.6 million in visitor spending both within and outside of the park. These areas possess the most significant indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, have the greatest visitation, and generally have the greatest number of out-of-state visitors. Some visitors, especially those from out-of-state where open carry is not permitted, may find this inconsistent with their state park expectations and may, therefore, have a negative impact on their stay and thus their spending.



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2016
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2017
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0


Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):


    It is difficult to assess if this legislation would have a negative or positive fiscal effect on State Parks. The Parks and Recreation Section would like the consideration of an exemption from the open carry of firearms in public buildings and developed outdoor recreation areas, such as swimming pools, golf courses, and game courts. According to The Economic Significance and Impacts of West Virginia’s State Parks and Forests by the Institute for Service Research provided, in December 2015 that West Virginia State Resort and Lodge Parks, as a category, contribute $118.6 million in visitor spending both within and outside of the park. These areas possess the most significant indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, have the greatest visitation, and generally have the greatest number of out-of-state visitors. Some visitors, especially those from out-of-state where open carry is not permitted, may find this inconsistent with their state park expectations and may, therefore, have a negative impact on their stay and thus their spending.



Memorandum


    For additional information concerning this fiscal note, please contact:
    
    
    Samuel A. England, Chief
    DNR Parks and Recreation Section
    324 4th Avenue
    South Charleston, WV 25303-1228
    
    phone 304.558.2764
    fax 304.558.0077
    cell 304.613.9041
    email Samuel.A.England@wv.gov
    
    
    



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Samuel England
    Email Address: samuel.a.england@wv.gov