What’s Next for State Parks?

Chickasaw State Park

Chickasaw State Park

The legislature seems primed to return on Tuesday from their spring break recess with a new focus: Governor Bentley’s alleged affair with his former advisor. Several legislators have indicated that they will introduce bills that would attempt to remove the governor from office. While this scandal has consumed state and national coverage of Alabama politics in the last week, we hope that when the legislature returns they take quick action on the bills that will improve our state and its citizens’ quality of life.

On Tuesday, March 22, the State Senate passed SB 260, which calls for a constitutional amendment to protect state parks. The House must pass the bill before the amendment can be on our November ballot. There has been overwhelming support for finding a solution to state parks’ funding since the budget crisis first threatened our parks in 2015; thousands of voters have spoken up for the natural places that make Alabama truly special.

With more than half of the 2016 legislative session complete, it is vital that the State House takes up SB 260 and passes it quickly so voters can go to the polls in November to protect our parks. The media may be consumed by Governor Bentley, but voters haven’t forgotten about state parks.

Please take a moment to remind the House of the importance of passing SB 260. The clock is ticking and distractions are plentiful, but we need a permanent solution to keep our state parks open for generations.

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