2018 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Fariss
Amend DCR Land Acquisition Restrictions (language only)

Item 363 #5h

Item 363 #5h

Natural Resources
Department of Conservation and Recreation


Page 326, strike lines 39 through 49 and insert:

"G. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Code of Virginia, the department shall not initiate or accept by gift, transfer, or purchase with nongeneral funds any lands for use as a State Park without a specific appropriation for such purpose by the General Assembly.  However, the department is authorized to acquire in-holdings or additions to an existing State Park, as well as additions to or new Natural Area Preserves.  The department shall inform the Chairmen of the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee of all planned new land acquisitions."


(This amendment modifies language included by the General Assembly to limit the acceptance of additional lands for State Parks or Natural Area Preserves. Companion amendments in DCR's Capital Outlay appropriations in Part 2 of the budget eliminate similar limitations of State Park and Natural Area Preserves expansions.)