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Alabama State Parks' Fate in Voters' Hands

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Alabama voters on Election Day will have their say on 14 proposed statewide amendments. One of those is aimed at protecting money for the Yellowhammer State's twenty one state parks.

Amendment 2 would prohibit money generated at state parks— as well as tax dollars earmarked for park maintenance — from being transferred to other government functions. It would also allow more private entities to run hotels, golf courses and restaurants at the parks.

Park supporters pushed for the amendment after some lawmakers diverted some money to other government functions during difficult budget years.  

Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein said the amendment would bring funding stability to the park system.

Alabama lawmakers approved the proposed constitutional amendment by a lopsided margin during the 2016 legislative session.

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