The state Senate on Thursday approved two bills authored by Sen. Noreen Evans that seek new strategies for keeping state parks open.
SB974 would require more public involvement in decisions about closing and re-opening state parks. And SB1078 would encourage the state Department of Parks and Recreation to create an “innovation team” that would take a more entrepreneurial approach to raising revenue.
“Park closures are a terrible thing for Californians and visitors, the local economy and the environment,” Evans, D-Santa Rosa, said in a statement.
Legislators have submitted several bills and proposals aimed at buttressing the state parks system amid a looming July 1 deadline when several dozen parks are slated to close because of a $22 million shortfall in operating costs.
SB974 passed the Senate Thursday on a 30-3 vote. SB1078 passed 37-1. Both now head to the Assembly.
— Derek Moore