The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water voted Tuesday to approve legislation by Sens. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, to safeguard the long-term future of the state parks system by establishing a transparent process to balance competing interests and demands on California parks land — a process that already exists and the local and federal levels.
Senate Bill 580 would enact strong statewide policy to protect state park resources from use for infrastructure and other development projects that are inconsistent with the mission of the state’s parks.
The measure, which will next be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee, is a reintroduction of a measure carried by Wolk in 2009 that was approved by the Legislature but didn’t garner the signature of then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.