Legislation intended to keep more California state parks open is a step closer to becoming law. The State Senate approved the bill Wednesday. It allows the state to partner with non-profit organizations to keep parks running. California is set to close 70 state parks over the next year due to budget cuts.
Democratic Assemblyman Jared Huffman wrote the bill. “This may save a dozen, potentially more parks from closure where there’s a non-profit group that could step up and enter into an operating agreement to keep things going,” he said.
The state is already authorized to partner with local governments and private concession companies within the parks system.
The legislation has widespread support from both Republicans and Democrats. It must still go back to the Assembly for a final vote.