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Lawmakers Tout Measure to Keep State Parks Open



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 21, 2012

Five Republicans and five Democrats stood amidst trees and a pond outside the State Capitol.  GOP Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen says Californians want their state parks to remain open:

Olsen: "There are solutions.  They are out there.  And they're not that difficult.  But it requires innovation.  It requires creativity.  And it requires a willingness to work together and to find a way to get it done."

Those "solutions" include the creation of state park license plates … and using voter-approved park and water bonds to modernize parks' fee collection systems.  The measure would also let taxpayers send some of their refunds to a special fund in exchange for year-long state parks passes.

Two Senate Democrats are working on a separate parks proposal.  Any changes would require the approval of Governor Jerry Brown - who called for the closure of 70 parks in last year's budget.

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