Assembly Bill 2249 by Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) is the California Heritage Protection Act. This bill responds to the surprising development that created a legal tug-of-war over the identity of renowned facilities and spaces in Yosemite National Park.
This bill passed unanimously from both the Senate and Assembly, and was signed by Governor Brown on September 21, 2016.
AB 2249 prohibits a state park concession contract from providing, or serving as the basis for, any claim of a trademark right in the name or names associated with a state park. The contract currently used by the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) for state park concessions already prohibits such copywriting or trademarking. AB 2249 codifies these practices to make certain they continue.