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Measure Details

Statewide Amendment 2

Alabama Ballot Measure - SB260

Election: Nov. 8, 2016 (General)
Outcome: Passed

Categories:
Environment
Constitution
Government Budget and Spending

Yes
1,414,033
(79.74%)

No
359,354
(20.26%)

Summary

Under current law, some revenues generated at state parks may be spent by the Legislature for purposes other than maintaining the state parks. Additionally, with some exceptions, current law requires the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to operate and maintain all state park lands and facilities.

Amendment 2 would prevent the Legislature from spending revenues generated at state parks for purposes other than maintaining the state parks unless these revenues exceeded $50 million annually. Amendment 2 would also allow, but not require, certain state park lands and facilities to be operated and maintained by an entity other than the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

If a majority of voters vote “Yes” on Amendment 2, revenues generated at state parks would be much more likely to be used for maintaining state parks, and an entity other than the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources could be allowed to operate and maintain certain state park lands and facilities.

If a majority of voters vote “No” on Amendment 2, the Legislature would continue to be able to spend revenues generated at state parks for purposes other than maintaining state park lands and facilities, and all state park lands and facilities would remain exclusively operated by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Measure Text

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to prohibit any monies from the State Parks Fund, the Parks Revolving Fund, or any fund receiving revenues currently deposited in the State Parks Fund or the Parks Revolving Fund, and any monies currently designated pursuant to statute for the use of the state parks system from being transferred for another purpose other than the support, upkeep, and maintenance of the state parks system.

Notwithstanding, in the event that guest revenues to the State Parks Revolving Fund exceed the threshold of $50 million (as annually adjusted based on increases in the consumer price index) in a fiscal year, the sales and use and cigarette tax revenue distributed to benefit the State Parks System shall be reduced in the following fiscal year. The amount of the reduction shall correspond to the amount of guest revenue to the State Parks Revolving Fund exceeding the threshold. The amount of tax revenue not distributed to benefit the State Parks System shall be distributed to the General Fund.

Proposing an amendment to Amendment 617 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to allow the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources the option to provide for the operation and management, by non-state entities, of hotels, golf courses, and restaurants at any applicable state parks in Alabama.

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