Missouri campground owners could gain a new tool for dealing with misbehaving guests.
A bill passed by the Legislature would allow campground owners and managers to eject those who stay beyond the departure day, create a disturbance, default on payments or violate a state or federal law.
Campers who refuse to leave could be charged with a misdemeanor and face a fine of up to $500 and from 30 days to six months in jail.
"Last year there was a lot of partying by a certain motorcycle group that actually had to be escorted (out) by rangers," said Carrie Carpenter of Liberty, MO.
Carpenter goes camping every summer. For her, news that Missouri plans on getting tough on rule breakers couldn't be more welcome.
"I think it makes it a little more of a family vacation. It's a lot safer for everyone and you can all have fun. When you've got noise disturbances and, sorry, drunk people, it's not always the best family environment and that's what we're going for," she said.
The new penalties seem to be a fine idea to Brenda Wilson of Fenton, MO.
"People want to enjoy their trips out here. You know, to have a lot of it as family time and the family should have fun," Wilson said.
The provisions would not apply to campgrounds in state parks.
Supporters say the measure would let campground owners address problems more quickly and efficiently.
Lawmakers gave the measure final approval before wrapping up their annual session last week. It now awaits action by Gov. Jay Nixon.
Copyright 2014 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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