SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - California lawmakers are engaging in rare bipartisian deal-making in an effort to keep state parks open.
Several bills coming up in the Legislature this week aim for short-term solutions to keep parks open in the coming year and longer-term budget fixes so they will not be threatened in the
A Senate proposal would save most of the 70 parks on a budget closure list by redirecting money from a variety of other state sources. An Assembly bill would raise money through stepped up fee collection, a new specialty license plate and tax incentives for buying an annual park pass.
Another bill would create a new kind of vanity license plate to fund parks and open spaces.
One park Mojave Desert already has been shuttered.
The Associated Press