RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Arbiter Online:
A bill that would prohibit camping around the Capitol Mall in Boise passed the House State Affairs Committee Tuesday morning (Jan. 24) and now moves on to the full House.
Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna spoke in favor of the legislation, saying the state currently lacks any legal authority to regulate camping outside of designated campgrounds. If the bill is signed into law, it would directly affect the Occupy Boise tent encampment, which was set up in November across the street from the Statehouse.
“When Occupy Boise informed us of its intent to set up a camp, we searched state rules to try and find something to deny the activity,” Luna said. “We found specific guidelines for how we could use buildings, parking lots and the Capitol, but state law is silent regarding the grounds surrounding the Capitol.
Without this type of bill, similar camps could sprout up around other buildings.” The camping prohibition would apply to “any state-owned or leased property or facility, including but not limited to the Capitol Mall.”
However, state endowment lands and land owned by the Department of Parks and Recreation or Department of Fish and Game are specifically exempted from the provisions of the bill. Rep. Erik Simpson, R-Idaho Falls, said if lawmakers don’t regulate this kind of activity, more and more groups could start pitching tents.
“I fear we could end up with a kind of Woodstock on the Capitol lawn,” he said. Rep. Max Black, R-Boise, went even further, suggesting irate dairymen could unload hundreds of Holstein to protest state policies.
From a news release:
Sun Communities Inc., a real estate investment trust based in Southfield, Mich., that owns and operates manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities, announced it will release its fourth quarter financial results on Feb. 23, prior to the opening of the market. A conference call to discuss results will be held on at 11 a.m. EST that day.