Assemblyman Ken Cooley Introduces the Equitable Campsite Reservations for All Act To Ensure Fair Access to California’s Campsites

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RANCHO CORDOVA – On Monday, February 8, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) introduced AB 472, the Equitable Campsite Reservation for All Act, which would extend consumer protections to campsite reservations for state and local parks by prohibiting the use of “bots” in securing reservations.

California State Parks are a cornerstone of the California Experience. With 280 State Parks encompassing 1.5 million acres of land and 4500 miles of trails, these locations are some of the most visited places in the state. California parks and camping reservation are in such demand that in recent years people have struggled to reserve campsites.

The desire to reserve campsites at favorite parks led some consumers to use “bots” on reservation websites. Bots are pieces of software that can perform automated and directed tasks, which allows someone using a bot to unfairly reserve campsites at faster-than-human speeds that leave honest campers out of luck. The use of bots continues to unfairly shutout individuals who do not have the technological prowess or money to achieve these faster bookings. Currently, campsite reservations are scheduled out in six month increments on a rolling calendar and when in demand dates approach, the likelihood of securing the site diminishes. It has become evident that speed is of the essence to secure a campsite.

“California’s parks are an integral part of our state’s natural endowment, to be protected and shared with all our citizens. AB 472 ensures that all Californians have an equal ability to access their state and local parks,” said Assemblyman Ken Cooley. “With so many aspects of life put on hold this past year, one of the few pleasures we should all be able to enjoy is the beauty of California’s nature.”

AB 472 ensures that bots are no longer able to be used to reserve camping venues and provides fair and equitable access to enjoy our unparalleled state and local park system.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County.   For more information, please visit http://asmdc.org/members/a08/

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