Rare bi-partisanship forces joined hands to introduce The California Park Stewardship Act of 2012
Bill introduced to help rescue state parks
Assemblyman Dan Logue (R-Chico) announced today that he has coauthored a bill with Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) that will devise strategies aimed at rescuing California's endangered state parks. The California Park Stewardship Act of 2012 will contain many provisions that will force the California Department of State Parks to be more transparent in their closure proceedings.
"I am proud to fight to keep state parks ... open for the public to enjoy," said Logue. "These parks are a part of California's rich history, and serve to remind us of the beauty of God's creation and of our state's great accomplishments. We cannot allow them to be lost."
Assembly Bill 1589 (The California Park Stewardship Act of 2012) was co-authored by Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) would require the Parks Department to work on finding an alternative before closing a park, and disclose to the public its reasoning to close down a certain park.
The bill would also limit the number of parks that can be closed from 2012 to 2016 to no more than twenty-five, unless the Legislature specifically authorizes it. The bill would also allow a park with extra money to share excess revenue with another park.
Addressing the need to raise more funds, the bill would allow individuals to receive a tax deduction if they donate more than the cost of an annual park pass, and require the Department of Motor Vehicles to create a special license plate that honors California's parks with sale proceeds going towards state parks.
"In these difficult economic times, there are certainly tough decisions that have to be made," Logue said. "But I will do everything I can to ensure our parks stay open."
AB 1589 is currently in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and will be voted on later this week, according to a news release issued by Logue's office.
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