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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 23, 2019 02:09 PM
From: Senator Mario M. Scavello
To: All Senate members
Subject: Amending Title 48 further Defining Recreational Campgrounds
In the future, I intend to introduce legislation that will define “recreational campgrounds” under Title 48 (Lodging and Housing) in order to provide campground owners with certain rights, similar to the rights of hotelkeepers, and help protect their businesses.

These rights will include (1) the right to refuse or deny accommodations, facilities or privileges of a lodging establishment if the person is unwilling or unable to pay and (2) the right to refuse or deny accommodations to disorderly people. In addition, the campground owner would not face civil liability for refusing or denying accommodations for the provided reasons.

“Recreational campgrounds” are significantly different than “mobile home parks” that are currently defined under the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951. Recreational campers are not long-term tenants and do not sign lease agreements. They are guests similar to a hotel guest. This language would provide clarification for enforcement purposes and provide campground owners with business protections.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation and support our local small business owners.

If you have any questions regarding this resolution, feel free to contact Christine Zubeck in my office at 717-787-6123 or czubeck@pasen.gov. Thank you for your consideration.

Introduced as SB863