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For Immediate Release: February 17, 2016


State Senator Clay Scofield says Alabamians let it be known of their strong support for Alabama’s State Parks.  Alabama’s State Parks System is largely self-funded, with most of the parks’ operating expenses covered by the revenue they generate.  But over the past five years, the legislature has propped up the General Fund by transferring $30 million from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (which includes the State Parks) into the general fund.

Scofield tried to fight the funds transfers each year since 2011.  Last year, amid threats of park closures, he introduced a bill that would redirect funding from the Forever Wild program although it didn’t pass.  “The parks have always been important to me,” Scofield said.  I believe they are important to our citizens, too, and that they will support the Constitutional Amendment to protect the parks funding.”

According to State Parks Director, Greg Lien, 2015 was a record year for parks attendance.  Scofield says he wants to make sure “that Alabamians continue to have these God-given natural resources that we can all enjoy.”

Scofield’s bill is SB260 and Rep. Kerry Rich has a companion bill in the House (HB249).

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