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State parks bond bills clear the House

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama House on Tuesday approved a proposed constitutional amendment allowing the state to borrow $80 million to improve state parks.

The money would be used to expand and improve campgrounds and recreational areas.

Alabama voters approved a $110 million bond issue in 1998 to help improve state parks and historical sites. House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, has said now that that bond issue is almost paid off, the state can enter into this new one.

House bills 565 and 573 are the constitutional amendment and enabling legislation sponsored by Ledbetter. Rep. Andrew Sorrell, R-Muscle Shoals, was the lone no vote in the House.

Action on the proposals now moves to the Senate, where Sen. Clay Scofield, R-Guntersville, is the sponsor. If approved there, the constitutional amendment will go before voters next year.

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