MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A Senate committee has sent a bill to the floor that could allow private operators to lease lodging facilities and golf courses within 12 state parks.
The Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved the bill 8-2 Wednesday.
It would allow the Department of Conservation to generate and control the leases. State parks are supported by visitor fees. While some parks pay for themselves, others lose millions of dollars each year. Supporters say the bill could turn those numbers around.
Director of Alabama State Parks Greg Lein questioned the impact on the 600 park employees. Under the proposed legislation, Lein's department would be able to request proposals, surety bonds and other terms from potential vendors. That could cover employees.
Democratic Sens. Billy Beasley and Bobby Singleton opposed the measure.
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WALTON PARK RECREATION CENTER - 122 WALTON PARK DRIVE
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ROY DRIGGERS BUILDING (CIVIC CENTER) - 126 N. ST. ANDREWS STREET
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WIREGRASS RECREATION CENTER - 620 6TH AVENUE
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HOUSTON COUNTY FARM CENTER - 1701 E. COTTONWOOD ROAD
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NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY - 1842 3RD AVENUE
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DOTHAN UTILITIES COMPLEX - 200 KILGORE DRIVE
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DOUG TEW RECREATION CENTER - 300 GARLAND STREET
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WESTGATE RECREATION CENTER - 501 RECREATION ROAD
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WESLEY MANOR RETIREMENT CENTER - 718 HONEYSUCKLE ROAD
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VAUGHN-BLUMBER CENTER - 2715 FLYNN ROAD
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WIREGRASS COMMONS MALL COMMUNITY ROOM - 900 COMMONS DRIVE