Friday, February 16, 2024

State Sen. Burns files bills to increase state park oversight, remove fees for Oklahoma residents

Burns Introduces Legislation to make State Parks more accessible to Oklahomans

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 14th) – Sen. George Burns, R-Pollard, has introduced Senate Bill 1253 to make State Parks in Oklahoma more accessible and affordable for state residents. This legislation, if passed, would allow the Commission to establish an annual pass or other varied passes as appropriate to the park for visitors, while also removing fees for Oklahomans.

Under this bill, Oklahomans who provide proof of residency such as a state driver license, or state identification, birth certificate or other form of authorized identification would not be charged entrance, day-use fees, annual pass, or other pass fees established by the Commission.

“Oklahoma taxpayers are already helping fund our amazing state parks,” Burns said. “They deserve to see those dollars at work and enjoy the benefits of them. By removing these fees for state residents more Oklahoma families will have access to the beauty and serenity of our State Parks.”

Additionally, the bill seeks to protect the rights of campers and ensure efficient management of camp sites within State Parks.

“Senate Bill 1253 aims to ensure that campgrounds are used in a manner that respects reservations and provides fair opportunities for all campers to enjoy our state's natural beauty,” Burns said. “By establishing clear guidelines and penalties for violators, we can uphold the integrity of campground reservations and enhance the overall camping experience for visitors.”

SB 1253 is available to be considered.

Burns Introduces Bill to Increase Oversight of State Parks

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 14th) – Sen. George Burns, R-Pollard, has introduced Senate Bill 1275 to safeguard the future of state parks across the state. The measure aims to ensure that the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Commission must receive legislative approval before taking any action that may result in the termination, cancellation, or non-renewal of a lease for real property where a state park is located.

“State parks are treasured assets that provide opportunities for outdoor recreation, environmental education, and family enjoyment,” Burns said. “Senate Bill 1275 aims to ensure that decisions regarding the management and ownership of state park properties are made with careful consideration and oversight to preserve these valuable assets for the benefit of all Oklahomans.”

SB 1275 is available to be considered.


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