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Assembly approves Huffman bill to fund parks

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, to create new funding sources for state parks and limit the California Department of Parks and Recreation's authority to close them has passed the Assembly.

The measure, AB1589, also requires the department to modernize its fee collection and allow residents to donate to parks by buying special license plates or checking a box on their tax returns.

Lawmakers approved the bill on a 74-0 vote Wednesday, sending it to the Senate.

The bill is one of several moving through the Legislature aimed at saving most of the 70 parks slated for foreclosure because of California's ongoing budget crisis.

AB1589 also requires the department to publicly explain its rationale for closing other parks in the future.


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