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For Immediate Release: May 9, 2016

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROTECT STATE PARKS

On Wednesday, April 20th the Alabama House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 260. The Bill will prevent the legislature from taking State Park funds in the future like they have done for the past 3 years.  This led to the closure of several State parks when revenues generated from the parks were re-routed by the budget committee to Medicaid and Corrections.  SB 260 was sponsored by Sen. Clay Scofield (R) of Guntersville and carried in the House by Rep. Kerry Rich (R) of Albertville who sponsored the House version, HB249.

Rep. Rich said, “this is a major achievement for our parks.  This will be submitted to the voters for final approval in the November General Election.”

Scofield said “The people want this - our parks are extremely important to the citizens of Alabama.”  He added, “The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources can plan, operate and maintain the parks more effectively if they know they can count on their funding sources.” 

The bill includes a provision that caps the annual amount of guest revenues going into the state park funds at $50 million.  If guest revenues were to top $50 million, cigarette tax revenues that benefit state parks would go to the state General Fund to offset the amount above the cap.

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