The Virginia Campground Association (VCA) spearheaded lobbying for two new pieces of legislation that will benefit the campground industry, according to a press release. The recent legislative session concluded March 14.

VCA reported that the Virginia code now specifically permits campgrounds to submeter electricity, bringing uniformity to the practice across the state. Prior to the enactment of this new provision in state law, the 11 utilities were not regulated.

In a second victory, VCA played a leading role in lobbying to defeat an effort to change Virginia law and enable school districts to start school prior to Labor Day. Current law in Virginia will remain, requiring schools to open after Labor Day. VCA members testified before legislative committees on the measure and actively lobbied in both the House of Delegates and the state senate.

On the legislative side, VCA said it is monitoring discussion and possible future legislative action in the next session that might lower camping and other fees in the state parks. During the recent session, legislators were asked to support a bill to raise fees and prohibit the state parks from expanding campsites. Those opposed to this proposed legislation were preparing bills to call for lowering camping fees in the parks. The bill to raise fees was withdrawn and action deferred until 2013.

The Virginia Campground Association government affairs activities is supported active members, the VCA board of directors, and by The Hillbridge Group, a Richmond-based lobbying firm that provides guidance and lobbying for VCA.