Hearing Wednesday On State Park Funding
District 16 State Senator Lydia Brasch, Vice-Chair of the Natural Resources Committee, wants to inform citizens of a public interim hearing scheduled Wednesday, December 11 addressing Legislative Resolution 205. LR 205 was introduced by Senator Bill Avery as an interim study to examine the mission and financing options of the Game and Parks Commission as authorized by current law.
"This is an opportunity for citizens to express their views and suggest alternatives for State Park Funding. We have received calls, emails, letters and inquiries regarding future funding for our State Parks," Senator Brasch states.
The resolution and hearing provides a means of gathering more information regarding Avery's Legislative Bill 362, which, according to the committee statement, "would eliminate the permit that Nebraska residents are now required to purchase for entry into state parks and would place a $7 registration fee on certain motor vehicles to replace the revenue from the permit fees.
The bill would provide open access to state parks for all Nebraska residents, and would provide a revenue stream to be used for repairs, updates and maintenance of state park facilities. Non-residents would still be required to purchase park entry permits."
Citizens in Washington, Burt, and Cuming counties have expressed both opposition to and support of replacing a park entry fee with a vehicle registration fee. All those interested in the outcome of the issue are encouraged to attend the public hearing to be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1525 at the State Capitol.
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