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Calif. law imposes stiffer penalties for late cancellations, no-shows at state campsites

A new California law will impose stiffer penalties on those who fail to show up to a reserved campground at one of the state’s hundreds of public parks and beaches. The bill’s author says the change will create a more equitable system for campground reservations as more residents plan trips outdoors. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 618 over the weekend during a historic bill-signing blitz. Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, a Democrat from Orinda and the bill’s author, said last-minute cancellations and no-shows have left many camping sites empty, including at some of the state’s most sought-after destinations.