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Legislator Proposes Moving Parks to Wildlife Department

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Legislator Proposes Moving Parks to Wildlife Department

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OKLAHOMA CITY - An eastern Oklahoma legislator wants the management of all state parks to be transferred from the Department of Tourism and Recreation to the Department of Wildlife Conservation.

State Rep. James Lockhart, D-Heavener, proposed the realignment in two companion pieces of legislation - House Bill 2737 and House Joint Resolution 1050.

"I don't think our state parks receive the funding and the attention they deserve," Lockhart said. "Most of our state parks are in rural areas, and the Wildlife Department operates in rural areas, so operation of the parks should fit hand-in-glove with the Wildlife Department's other duties."

HB 2737 is the enabling legislation that would transfer authority over the 34 state parks from the state Tourism and Recreation Commission to the state Wildlife Conservation Commission, effective Jan. …

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