Campground owners seek restrictions on RV parking

Posted May 10, 2009, at 9:59 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine has 275 campgrounds and owners are pushing legislation that would ban recreational vehicles from parking overnight at commercial lots.

The Maine Sunday Telegram reports that a majority on the Legislature’s Health and Human Services committee has endorsed the proposal. It could come up for a vote in the full Legislature this week.

Proponents say the measure would help local campgrounds and RV parks stay in business and allow the state to recoup nearly $1 million in lost state lodging taxes.

Similar bills in Montana and Nevada were defeated after protests from RVers, according to a news release by the Escapees RV Club, a Texas-based club with 32,000 members nationally.

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