NRPA Opposes Pennsylvania "Unfair Competition" Bill
NRPA Fights Bill That Would Close Municipal Facilities
NRPA is working against a Pennsylvania bill that would severely restrict the ability of park and recreation departments to operate fitness facilities. The bill would limit the activity of public agencies unless the private sector was basically "unwilling or unable to engage in the proposed activity." NRPA joined the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society and individual public executives in opposing the bill.
Appearing before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, NRPA policy director Barry Tindall said passage of H.R. 298 "would unleash a full employment program for attorneys on both sides of a 'challenged' facility or service and for court officials. It would stifle the provision of public services to anyone, including those most in need," Tindall said.
H.R. 298 doesn't directly cite public parks and recreation except to observe that the Pennsylvania state park system would be exempt from its provisions. However, most witnesses represented either private fitness clubs or public parks and recreation, and the principal House sponsor represents a region of the commonwealth with at least one multiple club owner. …