Constitutional Amendment to Protect State Parks Heads to Voters

By Clay Scofield

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama House gave final approval this week to Senator Clay Scofield’s (R-Guntersville) proposal to protect funding for state parks. Voters will now have the opportunity to permanently secure this revenue for Alabama parks by approving a constitutional amendment in November.

“The people of Alabama are tired of their state parks being used as a political football. They have lost more than $15 million in funding in the past several years alone. Once finally approved, funding for the parks will be secured for generations,” remarked Scofield.

Senator Clay Scofield has been a champion for state parks for years. He views final passage of Senate Bill 260 as the crowning achievement of his continued effort to protect public lands for public use.

“This is a major achievement for our parks. Thanks to everyone who assisted in this effort,” said Representative Kerry Rich (R-Albertville), who carried the bill in the House.

In 2014, the University of Alabama conducted a study that calculated Alabama state parks have a $375 million economic impact on the state.

“I thank my colleagues for supporting this important legislation, and I ask voters to say ‘yes’ on the state parks constitutional amendment in November,” concluded Senator Scofield.

Clay Scofield is a third generation farmer and represents District 9 in the Alabama Senate, which is comprised of all or parts of Marshall, Madison, Blount, and DeKalb Counties. He is Chairman of the Confirmations Committee in the Alabama Senate.